Seven hacks for data encryption in healthcare institutions
The world is waking up to the importance of encryption, the process of converting confidential data into an impenetrable code.
This year saw millions of WhatsApp users abandon the app when poorly worded policy updates led them to believe their data was at risk.
With the increasing sense of urgency on protecting personal conversations, encryption in healthcare is a vital part of taking care of patients’ data.
Healthcare data encryption is crucial for protecting patient privacy and establishing business security, and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requires institutions to encrypt protected health information (PHI).
Discover the seven hacks for healthcare institutions looking to improve their encryption and put patients’ minds at ease.
1. Create a PHI flow diagram
The starting point for better protection is understanding how data flows within your institution, from the ways it is collected to how it travels from there.
Build a comprehensive PHI flow diagram including all forms of communication, even emails and texting.
Assess the ways patients record their own data and how it's shared with suppliers and partners.
Ensure all members of your organisation are accounted for within the flow diagram, as it will build the basis of your data encryption strategy.