Next Generation Identity and Access Management Helps Healthcare Security Risk

To ensure a set of generally accepted security standards and requirements for protecting health information, the US Congress passed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in 1996. The scope widened in 2009 when it was extended to include digital information, known as the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. 

As the healthcare industry began adopting electronic information systems including data entry and electronic health records (EHRs), a wave of security threats began to emerge such as stolen electronic records, tampering of data and information or public disclosure. In an effort to control/eliminate these threats, strict standards have been laid out to govern healthcare information. The cost of non-compliance fines range from $25,000 to $1.5 million per violation.

Such federal regulations, and rules pertaining to privacy and security of health information are being enforced more stringently than ever before. This is in turn creating a disruption in the challenges faced by healthcare organizations nationwide. To protect patient privacy and secure health information, healthcare organizations must move beyond traditional security methods to proactive, strategic solutions such as Identity and Access Management (IAM). With an IAM solution in place, a healthcare organization can securely manage access to sensitive patient information, deliver access in a timely manner, and ensure appropriate levels of access. 

In order to comply with federal regulations and meet organizational requirements, IAM solutions in a healthcare organizations must deliver the following capabilities: 

  • Enterprise-wide visibility and control
  • Governance 
  • Risk Management 
  • Identity Warehouse 
  • Access Certifications 
  • Policy Model 
  • Resource Connectors

The SailPoint IdentityIQ solution meets such stringent identity and access management requirements and delivers healthcare organizations a unified approach to compliance, password management and provisioning activities. Texas-based SailPoint is one of the pioneers of identity and access governance technology and was recently named a Leader in Gartner's 2014 Magic Quadrant for Identity Governance and Administration, published January 2015.

If you’re considering SailPoint as your Identity Management solution, contact us. Column Information Security is a worldwide SailPoint partner and preferred managed services provider who can help you determine the best way to meet your healthcare security goals.

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