Dental Cloud EHR and HIPAA Security

As with any entity that uses and maintains protected health information (PHI), breaching HIPAA can mean extensive disciplinary fines that could potentially terminate a small private dental practice.

“The HIPAA Security Rule state that any entity that creates, receives, maintains, and transmits protected health information (PHI) is required to ensure confidentiality, integrity, availability of the data, protect against reasonably anticipated threats to the security of the data, protect against reasonably anticipated and unauthorized uses or disclosures of the data, and ensure compliance by its workforce” (2012).

Enter cloud computing. This web-based software-as-a-service (SAAS) technology increases the security of the data and reduces the chances of security breaches. Dental cloud electronic health records (EHRs) is a cost-effective safe option to client-server models of EHRs.

Management and storage of the confidential data utilizing cloud computing offers physical security, electronic security, backup systems and integrity, emergency availability, and IT management.

Lessons learned:

  • Physical security of the stored information means less chance of damage or theft discs, paper, or computers.
  • Electronic security means less chance of hackers breaching firewall and routers and gaining access to sensitive patient data and personal information.
  • Backup systems protect the integrity of the information and less chance of corrupt data or incorrect backup.
  • Emergency availability means access to information in the event of a disaster. HIPAA requires information to be retrieval at all times.
  • IT management means all of the above is managed by the HIPAA compliant cloud vendor.
  • Cloud computing needs computers with Internet access.

 

Lavine, L. (2012, Jan). How the cloud helps you comply with the HIPAA security rule. Dental Economics, 102 (1); 96.