Healthcare providers are poised to make significant investments in healthcare IT, in part because of the HITECH Act passed by the US Congress in 2009. As they improve their IT services to try to aggregate patient data and make it available to clinicians and patients alike, security will be a primary concern in light of the HIPAA requirements. OpenText Connectivity solutions can help healthcare organizations with their HIPAA compliance effort.
Danger: legacy systems ahead
A lot of organizations in many different industries are still using a collection of legacy technologies that sometime power some of their most critical business functions: front-office applications sitting on UNIX servers accessed through passive terminals, file and data exchange relying on FTP servers, legacy business applications built 20 years ago...
All of these systems have one thing in common: they were designed at a time where security was not a concern due to their relatively small exposure to the rest of the world. Things are different today, and some of the inherent deficiencies of the way these systems were built are now coming to light and creating enormous risks to the companies still using them:
- Clear-text data transmission
- Weak authentication methods
- Inability to guarantee end to end integrity of data being transmitted
- Interference with security systems
Cost of data leakage
A 2007 Forrester study on the cost of security breach found that the cost could amount between $90 and $305 per record. The gap is a result of the many hard and soft costs that can vary from incident to incident. This means that if ten records are compromised, it can cost between $900 and $3,050; 1000 records can cost between $90,000 and $305,000
Those costs are spread among several categories:
||Cost per record
|Discovery, Notification and Response
||Legal counsel, mail notification, calls, call center, discounted product offers
||Employees diverted from other tasks
||Impact on existing customers and difficulty getting new ones
||FTC, PCI, SOX, HIPAA
||Money put aside in case breaches are discovered
|Additional Security and Audit Requirements
||Security and audit requirements levied as a result of a breach
||Credit Card replacement costs, civil penalties if fraud can be traced to the breach
OpenText Connectivity solutions for HIPAA compliance
As a leading connectivity solution vendor, OpenText has developed a successful line of network security products which can help healthcare providers in their efforts to become HIPAA compliant.
With more than 20 years of experience in the Enterprise Connectivity market, OpenText Connectivity Solutions covers a broad spectrum of needs including:
- Data in transit security
- Heterogeneous networks data exchange
- Data integration and transformation
- Legacy applications access
- Access to high-end graphical Unix applications
We have been serving companies of all sizes which have deployed our solutions in a wide variety of mission-critical environments, from market rooms to engineering offices.
If your organization hosts or interacts with patient data, there is no doubt that you will be impacted by HIPAA or other securitystandards sooner or later. Contact OpenText Connectivity Solutions Group today to find out how we can help you along the way to HIPAA compliance. We will assess your requirements and propose you the solutions that best suit your needs.