If you’re in the healthcare industry, chances are you’re familiar with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 - also referred to as HIPAA.
HIPAA Email is a key component of meeting standards set forth in this mandate that was established by former US President Bill Clinton.
Physicians, healthcare clinics, dentists, psychologists, chiropractors, nursing homes, pharmacies, HMO’s, health insurance companies and health care clearinghouses are required to use HIPAA compliant Email services that include encryption to protect patient data while transmitting health records electronically.
Healthcare providers must take great care to assure that personally identifiable information - or PII - isn’t made available to unauthorized people or their organization could face significant fines and penalties.
Upcoming HIPAA audits emphasize the importance of using a HIPAA compliant solution across all platforms of your healthcare business, starting with Email. In order to meet maximum HIPAA IT requirements, organizations should implement encryption on all electronically stored documents to assure they remain in tact and can’t be altered or accessed by unauthorized personnel. Any sensitive data that’s being stored on a USB drive, CD or DVD should also use encryption to protect it against unauthorized access. HIPAA email security should always follow email security best practices.
If your business uses laptop computers or mobile phones to store or share sensitive information, mobile security software is a must to protect these assets if they’re ever lost or stolen. Mobile security software allows IT managers to lock down laptop computers or mobile phones when they’re reported missing so they can’t be used by others. Furthermore, these security precautions can help recover missing phones or laptops using technology including IP tracking, GPS and satellite photos that provide information on the approximate location of the device.