Obama’s Support for Digital Health Records May Increase Identity Theft
Identity Finder Introduces Initiative to Secure Patient Health Information
In 2006, the Health and Human Services issued final ruling regarding HIPAA enforcement and set civil money penalties for violating HIPAA rules. These regulatory requirements call for organizations to proactively protect patient health information, but still too often PHI ends up unprotected in a spreadsheet on a nurse’s computer. “If healthcare providers have a security breach, not only would that be a violation of patients’ privacy, but also the associated costs would be dramatically higher than implementing some simple, preventive measures,” says Feinman. The upcoming changes by the Obama Administration could make organizations’ exposure of PHI even worse.
Feinman’s company, Identity Finder, has developed software that searches for and secures PHI, the type of sensitive information specifically referred to by HIPAA privacy legislation. Many healthcare providers and healthcare payers are now cleaning PHI from computers using Identity Finder.
Identity Finder has taken a groundbreaking approach by giving organizations insight into the root cause of the problem. Most organizations don’t even know where their PHI is. “Not only do we help organizations find and protect PHI, but we also give them the ability to monitor how much exposure the organization has to unsecured PHI so they can prevent data leakage issues.” Feinman’s engineers have spent years developing proprietary search algorithms to find confidential personal information quickly and accurately.
The software automatically finds PHI such as social security numbers, medical record numbers, dates of birth, driver licenses, personal addresses, and other private data within files, e-mails, databases, websites, and system areas. Once found, the software makes it simple for users or administrators to permanently shred, scrub, or secure the information. Their recently released management console aggregates the data and provides a report card for organizations to see how their policies are performing.
Identity Finder can be run centrally by administrators or stand-alone on a PC or Mac by data owners. For this reason, Identity Finder is an ideal fit for both smaller and larger healthcare providers and payers, as well as other organizations who want to minimize their risks and prevent confidential data loss.
Identity Finder, LLC is a leading innovator of privacy technologies. Founded in 2001 and headquartered in
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