Yet another layer of regulation has been added to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) that offers even greater protection for healthcare patients’ privacy, while also defining new rights regarding how they can access their health records.
The biggest change is the expansion of HIPAA compliance requirements to include trading partners and third parties who also handle patient data, such as billing companies, contractors, and more. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reports that these third parties have been responsible for several significant data breaches which is one reason the responsibility for compliance has been extended to this group.
Penalties for violating HIPAA compliance rules will be assessed based on the determined level of negligence, and can go as high as $1.5 million per incident.
Other issues addressed with the latest additions to the HIPAA regulations include more clarity in defining which types of breaches need to be reported, as well as how patients will be allowed to access and interact with their health records electronically.
If you’re concerned about whether your FTP server meets compliance regulations, join us for a webinar on Thursday, Jan. 31 at Noon Central entitled “Get Your FTP Server in Compliance!” You can learn more about the agenda for this webinar here.
For more information about the new HIPAA rules, check out the press release from HHS.
Linoma Software is getting lots of attention these days thanks to the recent addition of clustering and load balancing to its GoAnywhere Services secure FTP server. Companies who need maximum up-time can now depend on GoAnywhere as a high availability solution, especially when it comes to overcoming hardware failure.
According to a story published in IT Jungle today, “The one-two punch of GoAnywhere Services 3.1 and GoAnywhere Gateway 2.0 will put Linoma in the game when clustering and load balancing are part of the RFP.”
Following a webinar we did last week called “Automating and Securing File Transfers,” industry reporter Dan Burger with IT Jungle spent time talking with Linoma Software’s Chief Architect Bob Luebbe to get his take on the challenges involved in maintaining secure and efficient file transfer processes.
Bob said that he’s seeing a growing number of companies who are looking for solutions that not only manage secure file transfers with trading partners, but also can facilitate database integration and ad-hoc file transfers.
“For one thing,” Luebbe said, “(organizations) want employees to initiate transfers, but with managed and audit capabilities and within an authorized and manageable FTP environment that avoids security exposure. Companies are trying to lock down email to prevent file sharing and there is an emphasis to block the use of free file-sharing sites.”
Check out IT Jungle’s article entitled “Managed File Transfer More Than Meets the Eye” to read more of Bob’s observations, and if you’d like to learn how GoAnywhere addresses the challenges of ad-hoc file transfer security specifically, you’ll want to register for this week’s webinar, “Ad-Hoc File Transfer: Easy and Secure.”
It’s Friday, heading into a long overdue holiday weekend, so we thought we’d share a video we recently posted that highlights how Lorraine Callahan, a senior programmer analyst with United Security Life and Health, has implemented GoAnywhere to improve workflow and save time.
YouTube - GoAnywhere Success Story: United Security Insurance
If you’d like to see other customer success stories, visit our website where you can find videos, testimonials, and case studies.
With the latest release of GoAnywhere Services 2.8.0, the development team included a plug-in that integrates Secure Mail with Outlook 2010. This is great news for both the IT staff and everyone else in the organization who finds themselves needing to send files via email.
Whether we realize it or not, the simple act of emailing a file as an attachment can pose a significant security vulnerability, especially for organizations governed by strict compliance regulations. Learn more in the previous post “Ad-Hoc File Transfers Present Challenges, Vulnerabilities.”
For those unfamiliar with the GoAnywhere Services Secure Mail module, it allows users to send files securely by generating a unique, encrypted link that is emailed to the recipient. The receiver can then click on the link to view or download the files via HTTPS.
The benefit for employees is that they can now send any files, regardless of size, through their Outlook 2010 email client, or they can use the web form that comes with the Secure Mail module.
Even better for the IT staff is the ability Secure Mail provides to track these ad-hoc file transfers and maintain thorough audit trails required by compliance auditors. And, by implementing a secure mail solution throughout the organization, the IT department regains control over protecting sensitive data while eliminating the need for employees to use any of the free FTP tools they may have downloaded to their desktops or the various cloud applications popping up each month.
If you’re curious about how GoAnywhere Secure Mail, looks, feels, and operates, check out our free 30-minute webinar on Wednesday, August 15, where Chief Architect Bob Luebbe will demonstrate how easy it is for even the least technically inclined person in your company to use it to send ad-hoc files. Register to view recorded webinar here.