Healthcare organization, insurance agents, covered entities, business associates and group health plans are trying ways to secure their HIPAA compliance. Finding the most apt way to be HIPAA compliant that does not add stress to your usual working is critical. For most of the organizations Virtual Private Network (VPN) came out to be the best and the easiest way to implement network security, protect transmission of data, provide encryption, and adhere to other requirements of compliance that brings security to electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI).
In case if there is any breach of HIPAA there is penalty as fine as per the violation is imposed. Thus to maintain compliance to HIPAA businesses need to implement regulations in their business.
NEED OF DATA ENCRYPTION:
As mentioned earlier non-compliance to HIPAA can attract huge fines thus encryption of data is highly essential as ePHI is highly vulnerable at the discretion of the hackers. Apart from the penalty, loss of trust and goodwill is also there. If the data is encrypted and any breach occurs the data is unreadable and unusable.
HOW DOES VPN HELP IN HIPAA COMPLIANCE?
Usually most of the breach occurs from compromised mobile devices that have unencrypted data or transmits unsecured ePHI across open networks. This is a grave issue and can be easily solved with the help of encryption of all ePHI. Thus the data so transmitted if unless decoded is unreadable and unusable. When the information is encrypted it is converted in an unreadable format that is known as cipher text and it cannot be unencrypted until the recipient has the security key. The security key is the only means that can be used to convert the encrypted data back to its original format. Thus is at all any breach occurs the personal electronic information will not be revealed.
THE VIRTUAL PRIVATE NETWORK:
In order to get the maximum security by encryption for cell phones and desktops, organizations involve a Virtual Private Network. This is a software that is used to provide security for private health information by encrypting all transmitted data over the network.
VPN helps in the following manner:
1] Access control: VPN offers centralized cloud management platform, thus the organization can create personalized user access to sensitive data.
2] Integrity control: VPN has secured user access feature thus VPN can actually identify, and allow authorized user access.
3] Transmission security: With VPN the data that is transmitted across the networks is secured with advanced encryption. Thus the data that has been encrypted can never be hacked.
4] Audit controls: VPN helps to identify any presence of risk in your system.
VPN is thus a great option to provide extra security to your protected health information.