HIPAA and EMR Cyber Security

Posted: June 1, 2020 / Author: Dror Liwer

HIPAA cyber security is on every medical provider’s mind these days. One vulnerability in the cyber security of a hospital or doctor’s office can leave personal patient data wide open for hackers to steal. They might demand a ransom in exchange for an encryption key to use the data again, or they may sell the information to the highest bidder. Coronet is a leader in EMR security and HIPAA data security, providing companies big and small with advanced technology that goes above and beyond compliance to create robust surveillance, prevention, and response plans.

Are Your Current EMR Security Measures Enough?

Proactive measures make the difference in keeping patient data fully secure, whether you have an internal database or a cloud-based system. Prevention is key. When you partner with Coronet, you get 24/7 surveillance with continuous network and workstation scanning conducted by our AI powered engines.

Advanced patient data security includes workstation, tablets and smartphone compliance

HIPAA Cyber Security Breaches

If a breach in HIPAA cyber securityoccurs, you must:

  • Respond – A quick reply to intrusion helps you mitigate damage.
  • Report Crime – You must alert local law enforcement of the data breach.
  • Report Threat – Contact federal agencies tasked with cybersecurity.
  • Assess Breach – Determine the level of compromised health information.

If a breach of personal data has occurred, you have 60 days to notify all affected individuals. If more than 500 individuals were affected, you must alert the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights and the media as well.  

A Holistic Approach to HIPAA Data Security

A holistic approach must be taken with regard to HIPAA data securityto avoid the constant scramble to put out fire after fire. You’ll want to consider cybersecurity as part of your organization’s overall risk management process. Determine where gaps in security exist and what updated safeguards you can adopt in terms of administration, physical standards, and technical structures.

Administration

Administratively, you’ll need a robust security management process with risk analysis and management, and regular information system activity reviews put into place. You’ll need proper authorizations, supervision, clearance procedures, and steps taken to protect data following employee termination. Security awareness training should include everything from malicious software detection to password management.

Physical

From a physical perspective, you’ll need limitations on physical access to workstations and detailed maintenance records. Devices represent a common point of corruption, so it’s essential to have procedures for proper access, accountability, media reuse, disposal, data backup, and storage.

Technical

From a technical standpoint, unique user identification, automatic logoff, encryption, and decryption will need to be tightly controlled. Set up regular hardware, software, and procedural audits. Integrity control mechanisms to authenticate electronic personal health information and ensure transmission security will help you stay on the leading edge of HIPAA data security.


Contact Coronet to Learn More About Advanced HIPAA Data Security

Cyberthreats are increasing, prompting healthcare providers to shift more of their budgets to IT. Technological advancements are rapidly changing the landscape of healthcare security, making it easier to remain in compliance and achieve next-level proactive data safeguarding.

Working with a qualified IT provider like Coronet will give you end-to-end protection, making it easier to manage your everyday security needs using the right processes and tools.

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