Securing Protected Health Information (PHI)
Sharing health information becomes much easier when an electronic medical record system is adopted by hospitals, doctor’s offices, clinics, or any other type of business in the healthcare industry. An electronic medical record system speeds up the process when dealing with insurance companies by allowing patients’ medical records to be accessed online. Doctors can share patients’ information such as scans, diagnoses, or medical records over the internet, rather than insurance companies calling and waiting for businesses to fax over important documents. Having an online HIPAA server provides a medical database for doctors to cross reference and insurance companies to speed up the paperwork.
Storing protected health information (PHI) electronically inherently exposes that data to cybersecurity risks. With the increasing amount of regulations and penalties imposed by the Department of Health & Human Services and the Office of Civil Rights for PHI breaches, there is now a growing trend of outsourcing services to Datacenter and Hosting service providers in the industry. When data centers engage or deal with PHI they are required to comply with the HIPAA Regulation and establish the same level of administrative safeguards, physical safeguards, technical safeguards, and conduct ongoing due diligence as the Covered Entity (Healthcare Institutes).