Health Care Providers Becoming Painfully Aware of Third-Party Security Issues

17 May 2012

iHealth Beat
May 14, 2012

Third-party business partners represent a significant security risk to health  care providers, who may need several layers of protection to ensure the security  of patient data.

The HIPAA Privacy Rule refers to third parties as “business associates” and  defines them as individuals or organizations that handle protected health  information, or PHI, in the course of working with a covered entity. The  category may cover a range of companies, including data processing firms, IT  consultants and cloud computing providers.

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