Enhancing patient care with well-defined Identity Access Governance services


Richard Branson had spoken well in his recent tweet –
“…the only mission worth pursuing in business is to make people’s lives better.”

More so when it comes to Health Care IT. There prevails a strong moral responsibility in providing and protecting health care data, particularly of those enclosed in Electronic Health/Medical Records (EHRs). There are multiple opinions on the grant of primary ownership and access to these records, as the data is highly personal and hence sensitive and confidential.

Interoperability in Health Care IT is the ability of different IT systems and Apps to communicate, exchange and use data. This comes in as a boon for those who have to keep up with a change of residence/doctors/hospitals/health care providers, for there are high chances that no two places operate with the same IT infra system. With this, comes along the need for the above identities/personalities to interact in a secure manner, which could be monitored/managed in an efficient way. This is achieved by a comprehensive set of Identity & Access Governance (IAG) services.

Ideally, IAG should be designed in such a way that it effectively answers the following five questions:

  1.  Is your System built on an Anti-Hackable environment  ?
  2. Do you protect patients’ records? If yes, how?
  3. Who are the intended users of an EHR? Is the User given permission to access and own the resource? If yes, how? If no, why?
  4. Do you restrict users from accessing a particular portal, for security reasons, on justified grounds?
  5. How would you monitor employees within a health care facility, to check if s/he still has access to resources tied to her/his past role in the organization?

The HIPAA Security Rule requires that a user or entity accessing patient health information (PHI) be authenticated before such access is granted. IAG services, therefore, should implement security measures sufficient to reduce risks and vulnerabilities to a reasonable and appropriate level.

The leading Silicon Valley based Cloud Services firm, 8K Miles, effectively addresses the golden Security Rule via elaborate risk analysis and assessment, thereby helping healthcare service providers to implement reliable, real-time IAG services and solutions, be it on the cloud or on-premise data centres, emerging as one of the most trusted solution providers for the IT and ITIS requirement for the Health Care, Pharma and allied Life Sciences domains.

  • April 20, 2016
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