HIPAA Compliance Solution
Learn how the SecureDrives and SecureUSB’s encrypted drives and secure storage solutions safeguard confidential data.
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HIPAA Compliance Solution
Healthcare entities must safeguard Protected Health Information (PHI) that is currently stored in their internal databases, computer systems, and shared with other healthcare providers. If this information becomes lost or stolen, a patient’s entire medical history along with their personal data can fall into the hands of a hacker or other malicious person, who will sell it on the dark web or use it for their own purposes.
Not having the appropriate means to protect PHI not only puts patients at risk, but will cost a healthcare entity anywhere from thousands to millions of dollars in HIPAA violation fines. This lack of security can also lead to a tarnished reputation as a secure and trusted source for medical care.
Hospitals and other medical care centers must maintain PHI access logs, prevent unauthorized access to PHI, provide appropriate HIPAA and security awareness training, and implement procedures to ensure the confidentiality, availability and integrity of PHI. This important data can include names, addresses, medical conditions, primary physicians, insurance providers, and social security numbers.
There are many steps to take to protect people’s PHI. Following these tips can reduce the risk of a costly and dangerous data breach.
- Delete or destroy any PHI information after it is no longer needed.
- Have a secure backup solution for PHI in the case that medical data needs long-term storage or if computer systems with the original data experience a virus.
- Do not use personal devices to transport patient information and do not allow any PHI to leave the building unless administrators are sure that it is completely secured.
- Educate healthcare staff on proper security procedures and device handling.
- Only use hardware encrypted storage devices when transferring and storing PHI to protect it from unauthorized parties.
How the SecureDrives and SecureUSBs Protect PHI
By replacing your unsecured external storage media with a SecureDrive product, you eliminate the risk of hackers, viruses, and unauthorized access and will instantly comply with HIPAA standards. The storage solutions are easy to implement into existing healthcare operations and any level of employee can learn to use it, though access settings remain in the hands of the administrators.
Even if the data needs to travel to another hospital or care provider, an institution will remain HIPAA Compliant when using the SecureDrives that boast Military-grade AES256-bit XTS encryption. The SecureDrive products are FIPS 140-2 Level 3 Validated and have features that follow the above steps for protecting PHI.
Their authentication through complex PIN or biometric indicators prevents unauthorized parties from accessing sensitive data, keeping medical professionals in control. The device’s OS Independent Design allows them to be plugged into any system for convenient use and easy implementation into existing healthcare operations.
Each device also has Pre-loaded Antivirus to protect files during transfer and prevents malware or other viruses from infecting a computer system and exposing PHI to hackers. Finally, the Brute Force Anti-Hacking and Remote Wipe abilities clear the device of information in the case it is lost or stolen.