HIPAA encryption requirements

Comply with HIPAA encryption requirements with Mimecast

The challenge of HIPAA encryption requirements.

HIPAA encryption requirements create a significant challenge for IT teams charged with ensuring privacy and security in healthcare.

In 1996, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA, established a rule that all healthcare providers must ensure the privacy of protected health information (PHI). Since that time, email has become a dominant form of communication and is frequently used to share protected patient data. For IT organizations, complying with HIPAA encryption requirements means adopting some form of healthcare secure messaging technology.

The challenge for IT teams is ensuring all email meets HIPAA encryption requirements. A solution that enables healthcare providers to send HIPAA encrypted email is one thing; ensuring that patients and their caregivers outside the organization can send return messages that are encrypted is quite another. Most solutions designed to meet HIPAA encryption requirements involve burdensome administrative features or software that individuals must download in order to receive an encrypted message.

As a leading provider of solutions for email security, archiving and continuity, Mimecast provides an all-in-one solution that makes it easy for healthcare organizations to comply with HIPAA encryption requirements.

Comply with HIPAA encryption requirements with Mimecast.

Mimecast's cloud-based subscription service enables healthcare organizations to reduce the cost and complexity of managing and protecting email while complying with HIPAA encryption requirements. As an SaaS-based solution, Mimecast can be implemented quickly and scale easily to accommodate changing business requirements.

Mimecast's comprehensive services enable organizations to simplify email archiving, ensuring email continuity even during outages, and to defend against a myriad of healthcare industry cyber security threats. In addition to meeting HIPAA requirements for email, Mimecast provides defenses against ransomware, spear-phishing and impersonation attacks that are commonly used to penetrate network defenses and steal patient information.

Mimecast solutions for meeting HIPAA encryption requirements

Mimecast's Secure Messaging service enables organizations to ensure healthcare privacy and security and to easily meet HIPAA encryption requirements. With Secure Messaging, users can simply click Send Secure when composing a message in their email client in order to ensure that the message is sent securely. After they press Send, messages and attachments are securely uploaded to the Mimecast cloud, scanned for malware and viruses, and stored in a secure AES encrypted archive. Recipients then receive a notice that a message is waiting, with instructions about how to log into the Mimecast secure portal to read, reply and compose new secure messages.

Mimecast Secure Messaging also allows organizations to automatically send messages that comply with HIPAA encryption requirements when they contain certain content or are sent to certain recipients or domains.

Learn more about Mimecast and HIPAA encryption requirements.