February 08, 2010
HIPAA Compliance and Email Encryption: Crystal Run Healthcare's use of Proofpoint
The publishers of the always-informative online publication Bank Info Security are now tackling the healthcare industry with a new site called Healthcare Info Security. This site should be a great resource for HIPAA and HITECH compliance information and other technology issues that face the healthcare industry.
In one of the first articles posted to the site, Proofpoint customer Crystal Run Healthcare discusses how they solved their secure email issues and protect private health information (PHI) in email.
In "Secure E-mail Cures Headaches," IT director Miguel Hernandez discusses how email encryption is used to secure communication between doctors and patients, share private information with business partners including accountants and lawyers and help with ensuring HIPAA compliance.
"Considering the cost of secure email, as opposed to the cost of litigation over a HIPAA violation," says Hernandez, "It's certainly worth it."
The article is a good view into the real world issues that all types of healthcare organizations are facing vis-a-vis securing email. Several other Proofpoint resources related to email encryption, HIPAA compliance and the healthcare industry include the following whitepapers: