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HIPAA | HITECH Data Security Compliance

Comply with HIPAA and HITECH requirements provisions to encrypt electronic patient health information

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The HIPAA Security Rule requires healthcare organizations to use appropriate safeguards to ensure that electronic protected health information (ePHI) remains secure while the HITECH Act, which expands the HIPAA encryption compliance requirement set, requires the timely disclosure of data breaches.

Thales provides solutions to help implement technical safeguards for ePHI through:

  • Encryption of data wherever it resides;
  • Encryption and key management;
  • Data access controls.
  • Regulation
  • Compliance

The US Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

The HIPAA Security Rule requires covered entities to implement technical safeguards to protect all electronic protected healthcare information (ePHI), making specific reference to encryption, access controls, encryption key management, risk management, auditing and monitoring of ePHI information. The HIPAA Security Rule enumerates examples of encryption methods that covered entities can employ, along with the factors to consider when implementing a HIPAA encryption strategy.

Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act

Enacted as a part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, the HITECH Act expands the HIPAA encryption compliance requirement set, requiring the disclosure of data breaches of “unprotected” (unencrypted) personal health records, including those by business associates, vendors and related entities.

HIPAA Omnibus Rule of 2013

The “HIPAA Omnibus Rule” of 2013 formally holds business associates liable for compliance with the HIPAA Security Rule.

Encryption of ePHI

Vormetric Transparent Encryption provides file and volume level data-at-rest encryption to protect ePHI from unauthorized access. Vormetric Application Encryption adds another layer of security and HIPAA/HITECH compliance capabilities, enabling organizations to easily build HIPAA/HITECH encryption capabilities into internal applications at the field and column level.

Strong Key Management

Vormetric Key Management provides the integrated, secure encryption key management that meets HIPAA encryption requirements to separate keys and encrypted data. This solution enables centralized management of encryption keys for other environments and devices including KMIP compatible hardware, Oracle and SQL Server TDE master keys and digital certificates.

Data Access Controls

Vormetric Data Security Platform access controls extend data breach protection by limiting data access to authorized personnel and programs. In addition, the Platform’s data access monitoring generates the security intelligence information required to identify accounts that represent a threat because of a malicious insider or malware-compromised account credentials.

Other key data protection and security regulations

GDPR

Regulation
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Perhaps the most comprehensive data privacy standard to date, GDPR affects any organisation that processes the personal data of EU citizens - regardless of where the organisation is headquartered.

PCI DSS

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Any organisation that plays a role in processing credit and debit card payments must comply with the strict PCI DSS compliance requirements for the processing, storage and transmission of account data.

Data Breach Notification Laws

Regulation
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Data breach notification requirements following loss of personal information have been enacted by nations around the globe. They vary by jurisdiction but almost universally include a “safe harbour” clause.