Navigation Links
What is HIPAA compliant Email? Health BI Reveals the Facts about HIPAA Secure Messaging
Date:1/15/2013

Scottsdale, Arizona (PRWEB) January 15, 2013

Health information data breaches are increasing in number and magnitude. So are the lawsuits and penalties. Patient health information is particularly compromised when transmitted via email, SMS, forums, social media or mobile devices. HIPAA prohibits unsecure transmission of patient information over the internet and mobile devices. However, many healthcare organizations simply have no control over how their staff sends and receives patient data. Many more have no access to a secure platform that facilitates online and mobile communication and transmission of PHI among healthcare providers and HIPAA vendors.

Mack Baniameri the CEO of Health BI, the leading provider of Secure Messaging Solutions for healthcare, explains the basics of secure email and secure massaging systems.

Baniameri explains that every email with confidential information that is fired from exchange servers leaves a large footprint. Hackers can find copies of these emails on laptops or mobile devices, the exchange server, the recipients' exchange servers, the recipients' laptops or mobile devices--not to mention all those whom the messages were forwarded to.

According to Baniameri, there is a great deal of confusion among healthcare providers when it comes to secure email and mobile messaging apps. Even some CIOs of the larger healthcare organizations or HIPAA entities are lost when it comes to HIPAA laws on secure transmission of PHI. The major misconception is encryption. Many think that a simple encryption of messages and documents makes the transmission of data HIPAA compliant. That’s not correct. Transmission of encrypted data is only a small part of HIPAA compliancy when it comes to secure email and mobile messaging. HIPAA compliant messaging solutions must satisfy a number of requirements. All data must be kept in a secure and HIPAA compliant data center. The security of data is directly related to the way the server infrastructure is built. The infrastructure must be built in a way that it is nearly impossible to access data from outside of the production environment. The data must be invisible to those who support the systems. The data or traces of data should never reside on support staff’s devices. The encryption must be at least 128-bit, preferably 256-bit or higher. Access to the messaging solution must only be possible by tight user authentication. All user information must be accurate and extensive. The system must have strong auditing capability. All activity on the platform must be logged and monitored for possible breaches of security. The system must have auto time-out capabilities. And additionally, the system must have business intelligence capabilities for data mining and quick access to important information.

Baniameri further explains that a capable secure email system must leave small footprint while delivering messages and documents to recipients. Confidential information, whether encrypted our not, should never reside on devices or the company exchange servers. Confidential emails and documents should be sent, received, archived and accessed on the exact same ecosystem. With approach like that, healthcare organizations and HIPAA entities will not have to worry about calling large number of patients to explain how their information might be compromised because employee’s laptop or mobile device was stolen or lost.

Baniameri suggests that before making investment in secure email and mobile messaging solution, organizations must consider all the facts and ask the hard questions. HIPAA IT vendors must understand HIPAA requirements and provide customers tools to protect themselves and patients against possible mishandling of important patient information.

Here are some important questions that healthcare organizations must be asking from the vendors:

1. Where exactly will messages and documents reside?
2. Explain the data center setup
3. Explain the data security infrastructure
4. What kind of encryption is used?
5. What kind of auditing capabilities are provided?
6. Explain system redundancy and availability strategy?
7. Provide HIPAA compliancy documentations
8. Explain how customers are protected against mishandling of data by recipients of messages
9. How much experience does the vendor have in developing solutions for healthcare?

About Health BI

Health BI is the leading developer of care coordination, patient engagement, care transition and secure messaging solutions for Population Health Management market. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Health BI was created by a team of Health IT leaders and physicians to fill the need for tools that enable healthcare providers and payers to reduce costs and penalties by automating care coordination, care transition and patient engagement.

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/1/prweb10316103.htm.


'/>"/>
Source: PRWeb
Copyright©2012 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Ecomnets Becomes HIPAA-Certified to Handle Health Care IT Services
2. Diet may not impact certain health outcomes in older persons
3. PayerFusion Expands Reach of Health Plan Administration Services Across the USA
4. American College of Physicians calls for immunizations for all health care providers
5. Benefit Specialists Deems International Health Insurance a Must-Have for Spring Vacations
6. Mental Health Services Virginia "Best of the Best" Awarded to Good Neighbor Community Services by Follow Media Consulting, Inc.
7. Primal Burn: Review Examining Ken Smith’s Fat Burner System Released By HealthAvenger.com
8. Quorn Foods Responds to Recent Article on the Health Implications of Vegan Dieting
9. Marketing Xocolate International Corporation (MXI Corp) Launches “The Whole Story” World Tour To Highlight Xocai Healthy Chocolate Product, Full-Line Up of Guest Speakers
10. Childhood obesity linked to more immediate health problems than previously thought
11. ThinMist: Review Examining Weight Loss Spray Supplement that Boosts Metabolism Released by HealthAvenger.com
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/11/2016)... ... February 11, 2016 , ... Student-doctors from Western University ... Match Program Tuesday, February 9, taking one of the final steps in their ... education positions across the country. Of the 103 student-doctors who comprise the College ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... Nashville, TN (PRWEB) , ... February 11, 2016 , ... ... commercial cleaning business to a new market, and it’s the buildings of Nashville that ... much that when I needed to relocate to Nashville, there was no question that ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... ... February 11, 2016 , ... Thermi™, a ... is pleased to announce the promotions of Allison Kelly to executive vice president ... to executive vice president of North American capital sales, and Wendy Oseas to ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... February 11, 2016 , ... ... ?" motivational speaker, trainer and author Ray Clarke poses a question as a ... fulfillment . In his book, "Being in the Being" (published by Partridge Singapore), ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... , ... February 11, 2016 , ... ... updated its hallmark resource, Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice, to include vascular visualization ... illumination with an estimated 85% share of the market, facilitates adherence to this ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/11/2016)... SAN FRANCISCO , Feb. 11, 2016 Potrero ... system, is pleased to announce the appointment of George ... San Antonio, TX , WellMed is ... servicing over 200,000 patients and HMO members in ... founding WellMed in 1990 out of his own internal medicine ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... 2016  AfterPill.com is reporting that this week,s Centers ... all women who are at risk of unintended pregnancy ... and raises the risks of unprotected sex in particular.  ... According to the Guttmacher Institute, there are 43 million ... age, who have sex without the intention of becoming ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... 11, 2016  Proliant Biologicals is proud to announce ... (BSA) manufacturing facility.  The facility is located on the ... in Feilding. Boone , Iowa.  ... duplicate the systems in the U.S. facility, with critical ... U.S. installations.  --> Boone ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: