Healthcare organizations not only serve their patients, they conjointly protect their vital information also. To keep the privacy of patient’s information is an important issue in the field of healthcare and to maintain the confidentiality of a patient’s record is now an ethical and legal mandate for healthcare. As more and more health information becomes available electronically, more risks of identity theft arise with it. Regulations that govern healthcare organizations handling of patient data include health insurance Portability and Accountability Act’s (HIPAA), Electronic Protected Health info (EPHI), HITECH and state and federal breach notification laws.
Two-factor authentication provides higher level of security and assurance to ensure that medical records are kept safe. It is now widely believed and suggested that two-factor authentication must be implemented in order to provide adequate security to protect remote access logins to sensitive or private information. As threats to the security of health information increase, appropriate administrative, technical, and physical safeguards must be in place to secure the privacy of protected health information (PHI).
According to HIPAA security compliance 164.312(d), “Implement procedures to verify that a person or entity seeking access to electronic protected health information is the one claimed.” HIPAA is mandating increased access to medical records and increased security. Most analysts agree that remote access will require strong authentication for HIPAA-compliance. Patients are increasingly demanding that healthcare services be delivered online. Many hospitals are rolling out 802.11 networks to provide better access without the cost of wires, but that also increases risks of identity theft. Meanwhile, healthcare providers continue to be forced to deliver for the lowest costs possible.
AuthShield’s two-factor authentication solution is the most comprehensive and scalable security solution in the market place. It is reasonable that such an approach meets all compliance criteria that need strong authentication for securing protected healthcare information. Moreover, it is an ideal choice for hospitals, clinics, and labs that often have poor or unreliable reception that provides high degree of confidence that their sensitive information is being protected.
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