Protecting Health Information
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) discusses certain safeguards that covered entities should implement to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of protected health information (PHI). The HIPAA Security Rule contains five technical safeguards that concern electronic protected health information (EPHI). The Act is silent on specific methods and technologies to implement in order to be HIPAA compliant, which leads many covered entities unsure of how to proceed. However, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services does offer guidance on how to comply with each of the standards. NIST Special Publication 800-66 is also helpful, especially for governmental agencies that must comply with HIPAA. The purpose of the standards is simple however: restrict protected health information to those who need to know it, and ensure the integrity of that information.
The CimTrak Solution
After initially achieving HIPAA compliance, how do you continuously maintain that compliance? CimTrak not only helps you gain compliance with several HIPAA Technical Safeguards, but also ensures you stay that way. As an added benefit, CimTrak protects your other business critical applications, manages critical configurations, and keeps your information secure. CimTrak’s cutting edge remediation capabilities allow you to detect and respond to changes instantly, without any human intervention. This ensures that your critical applications and information stay in a constant state of integrity, and most importantly, your business stays running. CimTrak’s ability to provide an audit trail of all system changes as well as provide detailed forensic data on those changes allows you to closely monitor your critical systems and easily produce audit documentation. To learn more about how CimTrak can assist you with HIPAA compliance, information security, business continuity and more, request a free trial today!