HIPAA Security Rule
The decision to use encryption of ePHI as a safeguard depends on several factors. ?The HIPAA Security Rule allows safeguarded electronic PHI transmission. After a careful analysis of their system, an organization may decide that Encryption of ePHI as a safeguard is in their best interest. ?The healthcare provider may then decide to use encryption as the means of protection of sensitive ePHI.
They defined the encryption standard as an addressable requirement and can be confusing. ?Consequently, if it is a reasonable and appropriate?safeguard for the protection of ePHI?it should be implemented.?The entity may determine it is the best safeguard in its risk management of the confidentiality integrity and availability of ePHI. ?Consequently, an organization should consider the use of this and implement it in its management of ePHI. ?Eventually, the entity must document this in the plan.