What Is HIPAA Compliance?

May 6, 2022
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Every business that handles sensitive data is subject to stringent controls. But for many organizations, HIPAA remains a daunting regulatory challenge. HIPAA dictates that 18 types of sensitive data must be secure wherever they exist: in motion, at rest, or in use. 

And because healthcare data tends to be stored in a number of different IT systems — from on-premise to SaaS applications to multi-cloud environments — this task is proving to be beyond what many reputable and well-established organizations can meet. Read up on some of HIPAA’s FAQs and see how Protegrity’s solutions can ensure continuous compliance.

What Does HIPAA stand for?

First things first — HIPAA stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

Why is it important to stay compliant?

HIPAA isn’t just complex to adhere to — it’s one of the most expensive sets of regulations to breach. Alongside the moral responsibility of keeping private customer data safe and the reputational damage that comes with failing to do so, the financial penalties can be huge.

According to HIPAA Journal, Premera Blue Cross settled potential violations of the HIPAA Rules and paid a $6,850,000 penalty in 2020. During 2021, a $5,000,000 settlement was agreed with Excellus Health Plan to resolve HIPAA violations that contributed to its 2015 data breach of the PHI of almost 9.4 million people.

What Are The Most Common Causes Of HIPAA Violations?

There are hundreds of HIPAA compliance requirements — both digital and physical. Common breaches range from a lack of healthcare data security to failure to dispose of sensitive information properly. 

Naturally, accessing the health records of patients for any reason other than treatment, payment, or other healthcare operations constitutes a serious breach of HIPAA. Other violations include insufficient control of access to electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI), and failure to use encryption or an equivalent measure to safeguard ePHI on portable devices. 

HIPAA isn’t just about restricting access, either. It’s also about who you provide access to and how quickly you do it. Patients who request access to their health records should be granted access within 30 days, or the organization that’s withholding the information will be in breach of the regulations. 

Is There A Solution That Can Help?

Protegrity allows you to unleash the full potential of your data while staying HIPAA compliant. Our end-to-end data privacy solutions only allow authorized, role-based access — so you can use our advanced Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning analytics with confidence. It’s everything you need to fuel innovation and gain a competitive advantage through data.

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