Achieve HIPAA compliance while keeping data secure

Data security in healthcare competes with HIPAA compliance

Breaking news: Physicians and nurses are busy people.

Aside from treating patients, some of them gravely ill, clinicians also have to meet mandates for coding, billing, proper diagnosis -- the list goes on and on.

Those of you in the IT world may have dealt first hand with the unease of having to school a doctor on maintaining data security in healthcare. "No, this is the password you use to log in to the point-of-care system, and that's the PIN for your EHR."

You can imagine Dr. Grey rolling her eyes. Maintaining IT security isn't easy when your users have a dozen other worries on their minds.

HIPAA arm wrestles with security

In healthcare, this type of approach becomes more complicated thanks to HIPAA, the gargantuan privacy rule that sets limits about how providers discuss or access patient information.

The intersection of patient data security in healthcare and HIPAA compliance isn't always a happy place. There are potholes, and the reality is that you could have a moat around your data and still not properly meet HIPAA's rules.

The result? We see decrees such as one from the U.S. Office of Civil Rights explaining how HIPAA and cloud computing can best coexist.

Addressing HIPAA compliance

With these challenges in mind, SearchHealthIT's new handbook, "Achieve HIPAA compliance while keeping data secure," provides expert advice on how to navigate security and privacy goals.

One of the main points of our first story harkens back to physician and nurse outreach. Great technology will not win out over subpar employee involvement.

Those of you who can somehow grab the interest of your clinicians as they struggle with other duties have a better chance of boosting HIPAA compliance while guarding data security in healthcare.