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Securing Patient Information Is the Top Priority

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 12:46pm
Steve Spatig, General Manager, Electronic Access Solutions, Southco

Q: What’s in store for the medical device sector in 2014?

Steve Spatig, General Manager, Electronic Access Solutions, SouthcoWith HIPAA audits scheduled to begin in 2014, many healthcare providers are concentrating their efforts on their approach to how patient information is secured. With audits focusing on breach notification, it is essential that healthcare providers have the appropriate systems in place to protect patient data and demonstrate compliance. Under new HIPAA rules, non-compliant providers face penalties of up to $1.5 million per year for security breaches, making access control a top priority.

HIPAA’s Security Rule requires that healthcare providers have the appropriate physical safeguards in place to ensure the security of electronic health information. Intelligent electronic locking systems can provide the necessary physical access control for equipment that stores sensitive patient data or narcotics by creating an electronic signature that can provide user authentication, audit trail, and reporting capabilities to demonstrate compliance. Electronic access solutions can also be connected to an existing security network to remotely monitor access to the equipment, and time and duration of the event, simplifying security administration and eliminating opportunities for physical security breaches.

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