How Does Cloud Video Security Help Medical Facilities Meet HIPAA Compliance?March 9, 2021 in Business Security, Cloud Video Surveillance, Video Security and Surveillance Blog
Medical facilities face many challenges when it comes to remaining safe, secure, and compliant. Owners must ensure their patient’s and staff’s safety in overcrowded waiting rooms, protect critical areas against theft and secure sensitive patient information to achieve HIPAA compliance.
This blog post uncovers how HIPAA compliance and Cloud video security work hand in hand.
Cloud Video Security Helps Healthcare Organizations Protect Patient Data
One of the biggest challenges for any medical facility is protecting patient data and information in order to meet HIPAA compliance laws.
While a facility can enforce basic security measures like placing privacy screens on monitors or installing access control units and security cameras in critical key areas.
However, this isn’t enough to meet the HIPAA standard, which includes safeguarding a business from operational, physical, and infrastructure security challenges.
The Complexity of Meeting HIPAA Compliance
Video security can help protect a business from threats to patient information, but it must have the ability to meet operational, physical, and technical standards as defined by HIPAA to remain compliant.
HIPAA law states healthcare organizations must have a secure operational process in place which allows owners to document which employees have access to patient information and monitor operational activity to ensure staff is following policies and procedures.
Secondly, they must prevent physical theft and loss of their security system that stores any form of patient information by restricting access to secure areas.
Lastly, they must protect their security network from data breaches with a sufficient encryption level, firewalls, and a single sign-on.
How Does HIPAA Apply to Cloud Video Security?
An on-premise system alone won’t defend their business against faulty hardware or video footage tampered with or stolen.
Cloud video security allows business owners to meet all requirements under HIPAA law by providing a powerful off-premise, triple redundancy solution.
Streaming footage directly to the cloud (which eliminates the need for any on-premise equipment), storing footage with triple encryption, and remote monitoring allows owners to remain compliant on a federal level, oversee operational regulations are being followed, and eliminate any need for on-premise equipment.
How Does Cloud Video Security Help Healthcare Facilities Adhere to HIPAA Regulations?
Cloud video security offers secure, off-site storage, remote monitoring, and scalability, ideally designed to address and solve the medical and healthcare industry’s safety and security challenges.
Some of its biggest advantages include:
Secure, Off-Premise Storage For Ensuring the Protection of Patient Data
Unlike an on-premise system that uses a local on-site network infrastructure, Cloud video security is designed to seamlessly meet HIPAA compliance by storing your video footage in a tier-4 off-premise data center.
Because video footage is immediately streamed and stored securely offsite, healthcare owners can protect their patient’s private health information, with the assurance their cloud-based platform makes it virtually impossible for unauthorized individuals to hack into their network.
No On-Premise Recording Device
Maintaining an on-premise system requires medical center owners to defend themselves against stolen or tampered with footage, often by storing it in a security room.
Cloud surveillance offers an off-site solution, mitigating the possibility that an on-premise recorder could be stolen and any patient information taken.
Cloud cameras stream directly to the cloud using an SSL/TSL handshake. Once this connection is established, the video stream is encrypted in transmission when stored on cloud servers.
It features triple redundancy, so you never run the risk of losing video footage.
Remote Monitoring To Ensure Staffing Procedures are Met
Employees must follow strict operational procedures to stay HIPAA compliant.
This can be challenging – especially if employees are careless, rushed, or understaffed. Just one operational error from an employee can result in patient accusations and potential lawsuits.
A Cloud-based security solution allows owners to stay connected to their medical facility business by overseeing and monitor employee behavior remotely.
Access any location and camera with the Cloud’s easy-to-use centralized interface.
With one login and a customized dashboard that allows you to view up to 25 cameras at once, Cloud video surveillance makes it easy to ensure operational protocol is being followed and HIPAA compliance is met.
Instant, Real-Time Alerts to Mitigate Theft
Narcotics are one of the most valuable assets in a healthcare facility, and because all inventory must be accounted for, it can lead to a severe violation for business owners.
Cloud surveillance allows you to mitigate theft by notifying you of criminal activity in real-time, so you can catch intruders in the act and prevent a compliance violation.
Simply view and download footage from your smartphone, send it instantly to the authorities, and protect your most valuable assets within minutes.
Healthcare facilities face high turnover and frequent staff changes.
Granting individual shift managers access (or disable them from your system) can become tedious and time-consuming with an on-premise recorder, requiring you to log into each separate location and adjust their permissions manually.
Cloud video surveillance allows you to save time and energy by quickly adding, disabling, and granting special permissions to an unlimited number of users within minutes – all done remotely from a single dashboard.
Because everything is handled in the cloud, users can then login and access any location or camera you grant them permissions to, click on the footage by time and or event, and seamlessly watch or download the video footage.
Interested in learning more about how it can benefit your business? Call us today!
About The Author: Heather Jackson
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