HIPAA data loss prevention

Handling patients’ protected health information is something healthcare providers do every day. Because of its sensitive nature, extra precautions must be taken to safeguard PHI. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recommends ten practices that anyone handling PHI needs to implement, the fourth of which is HIPAA data loss prevention.

What is HIPAA Data Loss Prevention? 

HIPAA defines standards by which PHI must be handled. These standards include mandating data protection in healthcare through physical, technical, and administrative safeguards to protect PHI. One of these safeguards calls for organizations to back up their data, to enable access to patient data in case a breach occurs.

HIPAA data loss prevention (DLP) software plays an essential role in safeguarding PHI. This software, once properly implemented, ensures that only authorized users have access to sensitive data, and that data is not lost or misused. 

DLP software categorizes an organization’s data to identify confidential or critical information for business operations. Categorization priorities can be set using a predefined policy pack, such as HIPAA, customized to fit an organization’s policies. After all of the data is categorized, the data loss prevention software detects violations and provides remediation alerts, and also encrypts sensitive data to prevent malicious or accidental sharing.

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