Physical Security Systems in the Healthcare Industry and Compliance with HIPAA

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) in the United States advocates for health insurance coverage for all workers and their families, and it needs only national standards for electronic healthcare transactions.

Healthcare executives know the importance of secure EMR solutions. But HIPAA works to make sure that they do not break privacy laws in their efforts towards keeping their companies safe.

The law has set some regulations regarding privacy which include the individual’s health status, payment for healthcare or provision of health care. Also, the State of California has some additional laws concerning health care.

There are some countries in the world which have also set laws regarding health privacy. Some of these countries are Uruguay, Argentina and some others in Europe, Australia, and Central Asia.

Role of physical security in safeguarding data

Physical security systems play a significant role in keeping patient information safe and private as required by many laws. For example, AMAG has come up with new methods within its symmetry group of products that allow healthcare facilities to exhibit their compliance with HIPAA. The major area where AMAG focuses on is compliance reporting.

AMAG’s Symmetry access control system and Symmetry Complete View video Management installed by hospitals and healthcare facilities play a role in managing and controlling access to certain areas and medical records as well as providing HIPAA compliance throughout their buildings and campuses.

Need for versatile authentication form

Health data is as much as critical as financial data in the online banking industry. Such kind of information requires a layered system approach to applying the appropriate risk management levels.

Patients can benefit from the same authentication system both outside and inside the hospitals even though they don’t access their healthcare information as frequently as online bankers do.

Hospitals and healthcare facilities need to have an authentication policy which can detect real-time threat capabilities to successfully implement the critical five layers of security including user authentication, transaction authentication with pattern-based intelligence, device authentication, and application security.

Access to patient’s medical records and other controlled materials can be controlled using access control systems. Biometric readers can be used in medical facilities to provide access to authorized individuals and develop and audit track for review of reporting.

Ensuring privacy with video surveillance

HIPAA also has an impact on the use of video monitoring systems in the United States as with other privacy legislations around the world. According to HIPAA’s regulations, patient’s privacy must be protected when installing a physical security system.

HIPAA requires patient’s personally identifiable information or PII to be protected. Any information which can be used to identify uniquely, contact or locate a person or information which can be employed together with other sources to identify an individual is considered to be PII uniquely.

Video cameras in hospitals and healthcare facilities must be placed in such a way that they don’t violate HIPAA laws.