The challenges of meeting HIPAA requirements for email
Complying with HIPAA requirements for email is a critical but challenging task for healthcare IT organizations. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulates the way that patient information is shared and secured. When it comes to email – a primary form of communication between providers, patients and their caregivers – healthcare organizations must comply with HIPAA encryption requirements to ensure healthcare privacy and security.
Any solution for meeting HIPAA requirements for email must be easy to deploy and to manage, enabling IT teams to continue directing resources to other strategic priorities. A solution for HIPAA encrypted email must also be user-friendly for providers and patients – any solution that requires software installation or knowledge of encryption methods won't pass muster with users. And ideally, any solution for complying with HIPAA requirements for email should integrate easily with other security solutions for protecting patient data.
For IT teams seeking a highly effective and cost-efficient solution for managing HIPAA requirements for email, Mimecast provides a cloud-based service that simplifies and ensures HIPAA IT compliance.
Comply with HIPAA requirements for email with Mimecast
Mimecast provides email security, continuity and archiving solutions that help organizations reduce the cost and complexity of managing messaging services – while meeting HIPAA requirements for email. Mimecast's solutions have passed the HIPAA Security Compliance Assessment, enabling healthcare organizations to manage email with a comprehensive suite of HIPAA-compliant services.
Offered as a SaaS-based subscription service, Mimecast solutions can be implemented quickly and can scale easily as business needs evolve and grow. Mimecast's solutions for healthcare secure messaging can be tightly integrated with technology for defending against other threats such as ransomware, spear-phishing and impersonation fraud. And as an all-in-one solution for managing and protecting email, Mimecast's solutions enable organizations to eliminate the need for multiple, disjointed point solutions that are expensive and difficult to manage.
Mimecast solutions to address HIPAA requirements for email
To meet HIPAA requirements for email, Mimecast offers Secure Messaging services that allow users to send secure, encrypted messages directly from Outlook and other email applications. To communicate securely via email, users click a checkbox marked Send Secure before sending an email message. Messages and attachments are uploaded to the Mimecast secure cloud, where they are checked for malware and stored in an AES encrypted archive. To access the message, recipients are provided instructions for logging into the Mimecast secure portal, where they can read, reply or compose new secure messages. With this Secure Messaging service, sensitive information never leaves the Mimecast cloud, ensuring the security and privacy of protected health information.
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