What Is PHI Compliance? CASB For Meeting The Surmounted Need

Pallavi Varanasi Cloud Security Expert - CloudCodes Software
  • April 29th, 2020

What Is PHI Compliance?

PHI is the shortened form of Personal Health Information, which is even known as the protected-health-information. It mostly refers to the demographic details, information about medical insurance, patients’ medical histories, tests, lab results, medical data, which healthcare professionals may collect for identifying individuals and determining their appropriate care that is to be undertaken. PHI Compliance is mandatory for most healthcare firms alike across nations. 

According to the United States Department-of-Health-and-Human-Services, PHI is the individually-identifiable-information, which contains data that is transmitted by electronic media. It is maintained in any electronic media or transmitted in any other such forms or mediums.

What Is Included In PHI Compliance?

PHI under the US laws is any such information that covers the health status, healthcare provisions, or healthcare payments created/collected by Covered Entities, and that could be linked to any specific individuals. Individually-identifiable-health-information can be subjected to state/federal privacy rules as well as security rules that may include, but do not limit to, the Health-Insurance-Portability-and-Accountability-Act or HIPAA compliance. 

The covered entities here are the health plans, healthcare clearinghouses, or maybe healthcare providers transmitting any such health data or information in electronic format connected to any qualified transaction or any of their business associates.

What Are the Various Healthcare Data Protection Needs?

  • There is a need to protect PHI and PII.
  • A must requirement is to secure the healthcare systems. At the same time, they are connected to specific unmanaged endpoints ( hospitals, physician offices, insurance carriers, and others, as some of those might be taken over by viruses, worms, malware, malicious codes, Trojans, etc.
  • There is even a need to protect PHI and PII of managed endpoints, also including desktop systems, databases, network shares, and various cloud apps.
  • There arises a need for preventing PHI and PII from the points mentioned above without disrupting the existing systems or even the processes that are currently running.

How To Achieve PHI Compliance?

The healthcare firms must gauge whether they can meet the regulatory requirements, including HIPAA compliance, PHI compliance, and PII Compliance. Having catered to many healthcare firms worldwide, CloudCodes understands these requirements of healthcare firms. 

Our CASB solutions have been designed and developed by industry experts and security analysts, wherein DLP solutions have been implemented, providing comprehensive cloud data security to help these healthcare firms in meeting their regulatory compliance needs. CloudCodes CASB solution can help healthcare firms in achieving the much so mandatory PHI compliance, HIPAA Compliance, and PII Compliance.

How does CloudCodes CASB Solution work To Prevent PHI Leaks?

  • Protects patient health information and thus helps prevent any data breaches
  • Undertakes the job of preventing the actual loss, any loss of control, security compromises, unauthorized PHI access, or illegal PII acquisitions.
  • Alert reports are generated based on the severity of any attempts made towards security breaches towards PHI and PII.
  • Making the healthcare firms gain more significant level visibility on who is accessing and using their health-related data, and where that is going, and also how it is transmitted, and to whom it is sent, etc.
  • User Access Control helps in controlling the user-level access of PHI and PII.
  • The system logging trail is a generation for user activity done on PHI and PII.
  • The mechanism for intrusion detection also exists wherein it is monitored that who is attempting to access PHI and PII from outside the perimeter of the hospital network

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