Protect Health Information with EncryptRIGHT
Healthcare facilities and companies that store and use protected health information, commonly known as PHI, are feeling the pressure to improve their PHI data security. This pressure is caused by four factors:
- Identity theft from PHI is increasing
- Hospitals are experiencing PHI breaches on a regular basis
- An electronic patient record system is quickly becoming a reality
- Breaches can result in significant fines if PHI data is not protected
There are several ways to reduce the risk of exposing PHI to shady individuals. Data encryption is the most secure option you have, and with Prime Factors' EncryptRIGHT®, you can easily encrypt the most sensitive PHI such as social security numbers without disrupting operations. EncrpRIGHT includes tokenization, central key management, auditing and compliance reporting all for one price.
PHI was defined in in the Privacy Rule, which was implemented to bolster the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 ("HIPAA"). It for the first time sets national standards for the protection of certain health information.
The purpose of the Privacy Rule is to define and limit the circumstances in which an individual's protected heath information may be used or disclosed by covered entities such as health care providers, insurers and their business associates. New legislation goes a step further by imposing fines when breach occurs because PHI was not protected properly.
The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) increases civil penalties for a violation of HIPAA, and requires breach notification if PHI is lost or stolen. By encrypting PHI, breach notification is not required.
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