Keeping electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI) secure is more than just about installing technical controls or “information locks” on your data. With information as the lifeblood of modern medicine, keeping health information assets secure and delivered only for an intended use requires a thorough understanding of:
- Complex clinical business processes that have an impact on patient health
- Stringent regulatory requirements on the management and handling of medical data
- Balancing the correct set of technical controls to manage information risks such as misuse of data and cyber-threats.
At its core information security in health care has three pillars:
Deep understanding of Clinical Processes and associated data flows that are imperative for patient health.
Focused and precise knowledge of regulatory requirements in the handling and management of medical data.
Creating the correct set of physical, administrative and technical controls to manage information risk.
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Under the HIPAA Security rule and “Meaningful Use” requirements, all electronic -Protected Health Information (ePHI) created, received, maintained or transmitted by a “Covered Entity” (CE) and/or “Business Associate” serving a covered entity is subject to the Security Rule. Thus, ePHI security and privacy is fundamental and paramount to meeting your compliance obligation under federal law. Techumen can efficiently conduct your risk analysis to meet this fundamental security cornerstone.
In this internet age, security and privacy are board-level issues. Given the costs incurred from breaches – reputational and financial – and the loss of patient trust, the management of these risks must be discussed in a participatory arena that includes all Clinical, Business and Information Technology leaders. Techumen can develop your information security program that will facilitate the delivery of better patient care while reducing risks and costs to your organization.
The need for effective cybersecurity to assure medical device functionality and safety has become more important with the increasing use of wireless, Internet- and network-connected devices, and the frequent electronic exchange of medical device-related health information. (FDA) A risk assessment is now a requirement for any medical device that is to be connected within a provider network. Techumen can conduct a thorough data-flow based risk analysis of your device providing an expert evaluation of your risks and how to mitigate them.
Health providers of all sizes rely extensively on information technology to deliver patient care and they must also have an IT infrastructure that can sustain outages of various types without causing process or clinical workflow havoc at any care setting. Information, therefore, has become the lifeblood for health providers. Techumen can develop your Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Plans that appropriately balance risks and costs while providing a robust plan for IT outages.
Contemporary health care providers face abounding security concerns and any breach will have a direct financial and reputational impact on their organizations. The need for a security officer is vital at most organizations with over 100 employees. Many health care facilities do not have a dedicated, experienced Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), but do not need a fulltime employee – plug your security gaps with our experts at Techumen.