HIPAA Compliance with SafeHouse Encryption Software

January 15, 2008 20:31 by pavritch

Health care providers are required to comply with the HIPAA rules for keeping data and other information about patients private. Failing to do so can result in large fines and lawsuits. To stay on the right side of the law, any files and information pertaining to patients' medical histories should be encrypted. This means that if you write a letter to another doctor using Microsoft Word, the file containing the letter on your PC should in fact be encrypted.

Our SafeHouse encryption software makes it very easy to comply with HIPAA without cramping your style. Using SafeHouse, you can create a giant data vault in which to store all of your sensitive documents - Word files, x-rays, etc. SafeHouse uses passwords and strong encryption to protect your files so only authorized people can view them.

Encrypting data with Safehouse is easy because all you need to do is enter your secret password and save your files to the phantom (protected) drive letter added to Windows by SafeHouse. This means you don't have to change any of your working habbits. Instead of saving your private files to drive C: like you do now, you simply save them to drive X (you can pick the letter, for example F in the screen shot above).

The Professional Edition of SafeHouse comes with some extra features which are essential for multi-employee environments such as a small medical office, such as the ability to reset lost passwords using a secret administrator password or smartcard. This software takes about two minutes to install and start using it. You can download a free trial here.




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