The advent of the Electronic Medical Record age has brought with it significant challenges to secure patient information and has become a major compliance challenge for the healthcare industry. Organizations, particularly small practices, which had previously not had an information technology infrastructure, are now faced with creating a secure environment which provides readily available access to the patient’s medical records as well as protecting their privacy.
There are several ways in which organizations information can be compromised. Some of these methods are intentional and some are unintentional. Many come from within the organization itself. Among these are:
- employees inappropriately accessing data
- malicious software
- outside interception of instant messages
- peer-to-peer file sharing
Oncore Associates can guide your organization to implement best practices as well as provide policies and procedures to enable your mobile workforce and to comply with regulatory requirements. We also have an extensive array of methods to protect patient health, and other confidential information as well as enabling connectivity to network resources.
The layered approach to Information Security includes multi-factor authentication, hard disk encryption, end device control, vulnerability management, and reporting.
HIPAA updates as a result of the 2009 stimulus package have broadened privacy and security provisions as well as putting greater emphasis on protected health records.