Egress for HIPAA

How we enable compliance with the US Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

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Handle US patient data securely, and comply with HIPAA

If your organisation processes the Protected Health Information (PHI) of patients in the United States, it's essential you protect the privacy of this data and remain HIPAA compliant. One of the driving forces behind HIPAA is to make organisations adopt new technologies to improve the quality and efficiency of patient care, as offered by the Egress platform.

In order to stay compliant with HIPAA regulations, HIPAA-beholden entities must have proper physical, administrative, and technical safeguards in place to keep PHI secure. If access controls are too broad, then PHI is exposed to unnecessary risk.

Read on below to see how Egress gives you full control of how patients' data is handled. 

Following effective HIPAA compliance steps

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Preparing your organization for a HIPAA audit

In their day-to-day function, healthcare organisations process significant 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 data, such as social security numbers and financial data. As more and more of this information is digitized and needs to be communicated electronically, it's 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 (HIPAA).

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If your healthcare business has a data breach involving 500+ individuals, you will be audited

Any HIPAA audit will involve an investigation by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR). They will require copies of all policies and procedures 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 (including 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.

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Egress provides the tools you need

We offer human layer security technology that empowers your employees to work effectively and securely, enabling you to take a straightforward approach to staying compliant. 

Our software includes data breach prevention, email and file encryption, and secure online collaboration and file sharing. By offering a platform of flexible, highly integrated encryption solutions, Egress helps protect data from start to finish and, as a result, helps organisations prevent a breach and the associated HIPAA Audit.

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