Introduction to HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act)
HIPAA stands for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and was initially signed in 1996. HIPAA establishes the national standards for electronic health care transactions and was set up primarily to assure the portability and the privacy of health information. HIPAA includes several standards relevant to managing a wireless network such as the privacy rule and the security rule, applicable to health plans, healthcare clearinghouses, and health care providers collectively known as covered entities. The security rule is then subdivided into 3 categories: Administrative Safeguards, Security Safeguards, and Physical Safeguards.
HIPAA-Compliant Solution 4ipnet offers
Login monitoring & Password Management-
4ipnet’s intuitive Web User Interface (Web UI) facilitates the creation, alteration and safeguarding of User and Admin passwords. There needs to be a record for configurations to track and manage both successful and unsuccessful logins for all users and admin, in case of inappropriate manipulations on the network.
Access Control & Unique User Authorization-
4ipnet controllers support both built in and external authentication databases. User credentials can be stored in built-in databases when set up with a Local or On-Demand database. The common external authentication options such as RADIUS, LDAP, SIP, NT Domain and POP3 are also supported on 4ipnet controllers. A unique User ID can be assigned to track user identity, and the concept of Service Zones, Grouping and Policies is crucial for controlling access to confidential health information.
This is a necessary feature to protect sensitive health information. 4ipnet has the ability to implement termination of a session after a predetermined time of inactivity.
Integrity Control & Encryption-
Coupled with 4ipnet’s Access Control capabilities, encryption for your wireless network act as an important reinforcement for security.
The user-friendly Web UI makes it a breeze to monitor Admin/User log-ins, and also to administer system logs, user logs, web logs and etc.
Response and Reporting-
Suspicious security incidents need to be detected and mitigated. This includes common symptoms such as DoS attacks, which put the network at risk.
Facility Access Control-
A crucial feature that is often overlooked is the need to safeguard the facility and the equipment therein from unauthorized physical access, tampering, and theft.
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