Identity Management in Healthcare

identity management in healthcare

Healthcare is one of the most regulated environments on the planet. Between that and financial services, there are a wide range of laws and regulations that healthcare organizations need to adhere to. One of the best ways to protect sensitive data is by ensuring that only the correct people have access. With that in mind, it’s easy to see why identity management in healthcare is critical. In this blog post, we’ll discuss a few of the challenges with identity management in healthcare, and how the JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service® platform can help.

Why is Identity Management in Healthcare Important?

According to the Harvard Business Review, the healthcare industry was under constant attack in the past year alone. So it makes sense that government entities want to protect your health and money from unscrupulous individuals and entities. The most significant regulation within the healthcare world is HIPAA.

HIPAA is a wide ranging statute focused on patient privacy and protections related to healthcare. A key part of the regulation is the HIPAA Security Rule, the short name for The Security Standards for the Protection of Electronic Protected Health Information. The HIPAA Security rule has three major components: administrative safeguards, physical safeguards, and technical safeguards. The core concept that underpins each of these three areas is controlling access to sensitive information, such that only authorized personnel have access (role-based access). In other words, with such sensitive information available to healthcare employees, it is critical that the organization limit access to those that need it for business purposes.

How to Manage Identities in Healthcare

A strong identity management platform is the best way to control and audit information in healthcare organizations. Historically, Microsoft® Active Directory® (AD) has been that platform. As most IT admins already know, AD has been the default on-prem directory services platform for many years now. However, more healthcare organizations are taking advantage of modern IT solutions such as web applications, cloud servers, Samba file servers and NAS appliances, WiFi, and more. As a result, many IT admins have come (Read more...)

*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Blog – JumpCloud authored by Vince Lujan. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/identity-management-in-healthcare/

Vince Lujan

Vince is a documentation and blog writer at JumpCloud, the world’s first cloud-based directory service. Vince recently graduated with a degree in professional and technical writing from the University of New Mexico, and enjoys researching new innovations in cloud architecture and infrastructure.

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