Controlling User Access for HIPAA Compliance

Ensuring that the right employees are accessing the right information promotes overall privacy and security. With health insurance information, nothing is more paramount than controlling user access for HIPAA compliance, reports Zach DeMeyer of JumpCloud, a directory-as-a-service platform.

Per HIPAA Technical Safeguards 164.312, a compliant organization must “implement procedures to verify that a person or entity seeking access to electronic protected health information is the one claimed.” This concept all boils down to Identity and Access Management (IAM). You wouldn’t want Finance to have access to Engineering’s software, nor would you want Marketing to be able to open Finance’s spreadsheets, etc. This is especially poignant with electronic personal health information (ePHI), as it often contains sensitive material, including health history, social security numbers and other key facets of a person’s identity.

The root approach to using IAM for HIPAA compliance is controlling user access. By managing the permissions of user identities, IT administrators can ensure that only the correct individuals can access the sensitive ePHI data laid out under the HIPAA umbrella.

Because of this, maintaining a strong directory of users is critical to security and HIPAA compliance. With cloud directory services, system administrators can control their heterogeneous systems with ease, managing endpoints and doling out access permissions regardless of platform. Using IAM increases an organization’s overall information and identity security, a key factor in HIPAA compliance. Visit HIPAAcraticRx for more information on HIPAA compliance.

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