ENSURING COMPLIANCE TO HEALTH INSURANCE PORTABILITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY ACT (HIPAA) USING E-SAFE COMPLIANCE
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E-SAFE TECHNICAL SAFEGUARD
e-Safe Compliance fulfils the requirements of audit control, access control, integrity control and transmission security of EMRs under the technical safeguards requirements of HIPAA. The system incorporates classification tools to specify sensitive health data and information, record its usage, and then audit that usage. In addition, e-Safe Compliance has a Rights Management System (RMS) module for data protection using persistent universal encryption to protect sensitive health information in images and documents, and maintaining the integrity of that information. In RMS, encrypted images and documents containing health information have access controls applied to them and the transfer of these images or documents is safeguarded during health information exchanges (HIEs) with other health care entities.
e-Safe Compliance offers an Information Classification Tool which allows information owners, or healthcare providers, to specify sensitive health data even at departmental level (e.g., laboratories, specialists, medical imaging facilities, pharmacies, emergency facilities etc.) and so offers an efficient means of performing data classification. The workflow based on ISO 27001, ensures that all sensitive health related data is classified, the classifications are effective, usage and transfer (via Emails, USB, Clouds, IM etc.) of the classified data is audited, potential incidents are reported and any data leakage incidents that occur are handled appropriately.
Moreover, most of the sensitive health data resides in data stores. e-Safe Compliance, using its discovery tool, scans exchange, databases, SharePoint for health related data or information and once such data is identified, monitoring of this data commences.
Access & Integrity Controls and Transmission Security
e-Safe Compliance RMS uses universal encryption which allows information owners or healthcare providers to protect the images, files or documents containing EMRs. It ensures that the images and documents not only remain encrypted at rest but also remain protected during HIEs over an electronic network, either internally or externally. In addition to that, through persistent encryption RMS ensures the integrity of EMRs and it allows information owners or health care providers to define who can have access to the image or the document using right click options available in the mouse.
Furthermore, in the HIEs, the external health care providers can use (view, edit, print) the protected images or documents by downloading e-Safe Compliance Rights Management iOS/ Android apps from the Apple Store and Google Play Store respectively and install on their mobile devices.
e-Safe Compliance’s subscription based model with R&D as a core, ensures that technical safeguards must evolve as required. On the other hand, a healthcare organisation is much better prepared for numerous types of data breaches if technical safeguards are properly applied in combination with physical and administrative safeguards. In this way, the organisation can keep electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI) from falling into the wrong hands.