The Three Components of the HIPAA Security Rule

There has been a significant increase in investments in the healthcare space throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Crunchbase, $14.2 billion globally and $9.2 billion domestically in the United States were invested into this industry in 2020. The importance of mental health, distributing vaccines, and personalized care is only becoming more relevant in the world, leading to greater demand for health services of all kinds. But along with the increase in healthcare venture fundraising, we’re seeing a major influx of healthcare cybersecurity attacks. The HIPAA Journal reported in early 2021 that cybersecurity attacks are already up 45% globally on healthcare organizations — and it’s only March. 

With these stats in mind, IT professionals are under enormous pressure to prevent these attacks and detect threats quickly. For healthcare organizations based in the United States, this means adhering to the HIPAA Security Rule. Let’s walk through HIPAA’s three security components and identify how IT admins can utilize the JumpCloud Directory Platform to comply.

Components of the HIPAA Security Rule

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) writes, “The HIPAA Security Rule establishes national standards to protect individuals’ electronic personal health information that is created, received, used, or maintained by a covered entity.” These entities include all providers, health plans and health care clearinghouses that transmit any HHS information in electronic form. There are three components to this rule: Administrative, Physical, and Technical. 

Administrative Requirements

Administrative requirements include organization-wide actions and policies implemented to protect electronic health information and manage employee conduct. This generally means knowing which employees have access to certain data. It is recommended that organizations perform data security assessments annually and have a plan in place to fix compromised IT systems. Training is also usually a key requirement in this area as well.

Physical Requirements

Physical Security Requirements are meant to prevent any physical thefts or losses of devices that contain patient records. These breaches can involve stolen devices, but they also include simple actions like a malicious actor looking over a healthcare professional’s shoulder when at their (Read more…)

*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Blog – JumpCloud authored by Vivian Eden. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/three-components-hippa-security-rule