Benefits of Identity and Access Management in Healthcare

By Enterprise Security Magazine | Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Implementation of the IAM approach will make it much simpler for healthcare organizations to comply with all laws, and not just HIPAA.

FREMONT, CA: Healthcare is one of the most heavily regulated sectors in existence due to the importance of the knowledge and data gathered. As a result, a high degree of privacy and protection is needed and necessary to preserve order in the business.

In healthcare, the Identity and Access Management (IAM) approach will make a difference in the organization's attempts to do precisely that. IAM solution will lead healthcare organizations to minimize human error, reduce costs and strengthen their safety—all while improving their operational performance. Here is how it will benefit.

1. Stay Compliant

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) includes stringent rules to protect health records' privacy and confidentiality. Over the last five years, there have been more than 94 million dollars in fines for organizations that have violated HIPAA. Implementation of the IAM approach will make it much simpler for healthcare organizations to comply with all laws, and not just HIPAA. By automating identity management systems, one can reduce time-consuming procedures and minimize the associated risks associated with possible human error.

2. Manage Access

Determining employee access rights can be challenging, regardless of the industry. One of the most underestimated security risks that a company can encounter is when an individual has accrued too many access privileges as they transfer positions within the organization, referred to as 'permission bloat.' This is the usual result of becoming a long-term employee. This instance is also how to decide who has access to what is of the highest significance. An employee who has access to a device that they should not have is a security risk and perhaps a breach of the regulations. By introducing an IAM solution, any company can simplify their assignment process and revoke rights as required.

These updates are quickly processed through the whole network and require zero manual intervention. One can take back ownership of their protection and ensure that workers only have access to the data and services they need.

3. Minimize Human Error

In 2018 alone, healthcare institutions paid 28 million dollars in punitive fines to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) concerning HIPAA violations. Many of these fines have come from human negligence and error. As far as cloud technology is concerned, one research firm reports that at least 95 percent of cloud security vulnerabilities are the users. Human error is a reality, which technology and defense must come together. With an IAM system in place, manual account and authorization errors can be avoided with a fully integrated management solution that streamlines processes and lowers costs. The IT department will no longer have to handle access rights to records manually, and their teams will no longer have to deal with reckless workers or violations that may result in fines for the company.

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