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Is your company subject to HIPAA compliance regulations? If you deal with healthcare data, the answer is yes. Maintaining HIPAA compliance is essential if you want to avoid steep fines, protect your business, and most importantly, protect the sensitive healthcare data belonging to your customers.
Learn more about HIPAA compliance and how to ensure sensitive data is protected.
What does HIPAA cover? HIPAA (The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) was designed to keep PHI (Protected Health Information) secure. This can mean both physical and digital files that contain any sensitive health information. You may also hear digital healthcare data referred to as ePHI (electronic PHI).
PHI can include health records, healthcare bill payment information, or anything else that could be considered sensitive. Healthcare companies, contractors, and subcontractors that handle this information are required to protect it.
How is HIPAA-related information protected? Under HIPAA, there are three types of safeguards you need in place:
Now that you know a little more about HIPAA and the objective of protecting sensitive healthcare data, let’s look at some steps you can take to ensure you’re maintaining HIPAA compliant technical safeguards.
Encryption is a method of data protection that ensures only authorized parties can view sensitive files. While encryption doesn't prevent a hacker from trying to access your data, it does mean that your data will be protected in the event of a breach.
Because encryption is so important, consider adopting one or all of the following types of encryption:
User access management is a difficult aspect of data security unless you have the right tools in place. Who is accessing these files and why are they using them? These are two important questions you should ask yourself, as compliance efforts are ongoing. Here are a few ways to limit user access:
One of the best ways to ensure your sensitive files are safe is to choose a secure file sharing solution. Below are some common options companies use, but before you choose between these solutions, you should make sure you’re selecting one that is HIPAA compliant.
FTP Today is the only file sharing solution in the list that truly protects HIPAA-covered data. This solution has the needed protections built into its operations, ensuring that employee mistakes and nefarious motives don’t lead to data compromise. If you want to stay HIPAA compliant, adopting FTP Today is your best option.
There’s more to learn about being HIPAA compliant. Download this guide on the technical safeguards needed in a HIPAA compliant FTP site.
Founder of Sharetru (Formerly FTP Today) and a respected voice in secure file transfer and Internet protocols. A software and IT geek since a young age, Martin has successfully led his companies through the digital age by spotting market niches and filling them with quality IT services.
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