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In their day-to-day role, healthcare organizations have to process enormous amounts of data, most of which is highly sensitive and requires security in order to protect it. This includes both Protected Health Information (PHI) and sensitive personal information, such as social security numbers and financial data. As more and more of this information goes digital and needs to be communicated electronically, it is critical that healthcare providers maintain the levels of privacy and security their patients have come to expect.

A primary aspect of this is ensuring compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA).

Any HIPAA Audit will involve an investigation by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR). They will require copies of all policies and precedures related to the security of PHI as well as a risk analysis report demonstrating what was done to mitigate the risk and what is being done to prevent a future breach. The consequences of failing a HIPAA Audit include a substantial fine, reputational damage which includes listing on the HHS website and potential legal action.

The OCR themselves state that the use of encryption should be a mandatory requirement when protecting PHI.

Egress Switch goes beyond traditional data security solutions to offer a platform of services designed to secure all forms of shared electronic information. This includes email and file encryption, secure online collaboration and secure managed file transfer. By offering a platform of flexible, highly integrated encryption solutions, Switch helps protect data from start to finish and as a result helps organizations prevent a breach and the associated HIPAA Audit.

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