Cyber attacks are costing businesses in a serious way no matter how big or small they are! According to a recent study, cyber-attacks were the top most reason for healthcare data breaches in 2015 that adversely affected healthcare industry further raising concerns for patients, employees and organization’s reputation.

So, what can be done to safeguard the precious healthcare data from cyber attackers? Is there any framework available that can enhance the data security?

HIPAA security rule and NIST cyber security are the two frameworks that help enhance the healthcare data security standards and mitigate cybercrimes up to great extent:

1. HIPAA Security Rule: How It Insures Data Security?

HIPAA, being the ultimate standard for maintaining PHI privacy and security, has spelled out a number of security rules, frameworks and technical safeguards that healthcare industry need to incorporate for their PHI (Protected Health Information) protection. The rule is designed in a very broad, non-specific and technically-neutral manner so that the organizations can easily apply it to their system to remain compliant with the rule and follow the mentioned frameworks.

Thus, the tools and technologies that manage the employee data such as your benefits administration system or EDI tools can easily implement the security protocols and ensure confidentiality and availability of PHI as created, received or transmitted by them. Mainly, the technical safeguards focus on four key areas that include access control, audit controls, integrity controls, and transmission security.

Since the rule acknowledges criticality of data encryption, thus, you must incorporate those EDI systems that can effectively encrypt data as per the HIPAA 5010 and ICD coding requirements and adhere to the guidelines as suggested by the rule.

2. NIST Cyber Security Framework:

In 2014, National Institute of Standard & Technology offered a new cyber security framework that addresses the security in five categories that include Identification, Protection, Detection, Response and Recovery. It can be incorporated along with HIPAA security rule but doesn’t assure HIPAA compliance. It provides a mechanism that enables the healthcare organizations to know about the current cybersecurity capabilities, and establish a strategy for improving and maintaining the same. 

Few Tips on How You Can Make Your Employee Data Immune to Cyber Attacks

Educate Everyone on Value of Privacy and Security

Determine the access needs of different users, devices and networks. A training and certification program can help everyone clearly understand what it means to be HIPAA compliant. This will also make everyone learn the criticality of patients’ data privacy and security and avoid heavy penalties due to non-compliance. Also, monitor and educate users on any vulnerabilities and possibilities that can invade the safety measures.

Cut Down Human Errors by Choosing the Right Technology

Not always, the human error is so small that it can easily be forgiven; sometimes it can cause huge risk for your business. According to sources, around 58% cases of security breach occur due to human error. So, try your best to cease it, and this can be achieved by incorporating automated technology in your data management and security system.

Choose the service provider that best fits your data security needs. Check if the system has features to make you HIPAA compliant and is there any room for scalability and up gradation for better performance in the future (if demand says). Also, make sure that the system can accommodate your data seamlessly keeping risk factors at bay. 

An effective EDI system must be capable enough to handle bulk data uploads while maintaining the privacy standards. The system must also comply with HIPAA 5010 and ICD-10 coding requirements for all data transmissions.

The Bottom Line:

It is very important for the healthcare industry to be aware of different cyber security frameworks that can guide their data security efforts effectively. Also, organizations need to educate their employees on cybercrimes, associated risks, and possibilities, so that they can detect any vulnerabilities and threats before they impact the organization’s reputation. Above are the few tips discussed that will help you accentuate your security plans and make your employee health data safe and secured.   

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