The security of patient information is an ethical and legal mandate for healthcare. As threats to the security of health information increase, appropriate administrative, technical, and physical safeguards must be put in place to secure the privacy of protected health information (PHI). As more and more health information becomes available electronically, more risks arise. For example, it is common these days, for usernames and passwords to be shared between family members and within providers’ offices. Sometimes these private credentials are shared with staff to allow for legitimate access; sometimes they are written down and picked up by the curious; sometimes they are guessed at or captured by malicious software. This increase in exposure has led to an explosion in information breaches, identity theft and numerous violations of the HIPAA privacy and security provisions.
Two-factor authentication provides a higher level of security and assurance. It is now widely believed that two-factor authentication must be implemented in order to provide adequate security to protect remote access to sensitive or private information.
HIPAA is mandating increased access to medical records and increased security. Most analysts agree that remote access will require strong authentication for HIPAA-compliance. Moreover, many health providers need access to information from multiple sources, most of which are different entities: labs, clinics, insurance providers. Patients are increasingly demanding that healthcare services be delivered online. Many hospitals are rolling out 802.11 networks to provide better access without the cost of wires, but that only increases risks. Meanwhile, healthcare providers continue to be squeezed to deliver for the lowest costs possible.
ArrayShield’s Two-Factor Authentication solution is the most comprehensive and scalable security solution in the market place. Its intuitive user-friendly two-factor authentication interface drives higher eHealth adoption rates, while providing high degree of confidence that their personal information is being protected.