Securing protected health information (PHI) is one of the paramount cybersecurity concerns of many organizations, both inside and outside the healthcare industry. This information, if released to unauthorized parties, could lead to significant personal harm to patients that organizations must avoid at all costs.
The Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accessibility Act (HIPAA) governs the protection of PHI, and in doing so, provides the framework by which healthcare organizations must act toward that mission. However, HIPAA isn’t the only source of truth for securing PHI. For additional guidance, compliance and security officers and technical managers will look to another document, NIST 800-66.