Telemetry and HIPAA: Securing Medical Wireless Networks

April 2, 2015

Information security is an extensive and complex topic in healthcare and has transformed into a conversation about telemetry (encrypted wireless data transfer) and how it conforms to HIPAA.

HIPAA is the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act established in 1996. It protects the confidentiality and security of healthcare information and makes it easier for people to keep their health insurance.

Concerns about protecting health information have developed into conversations about protecting wireless transmissions. In 2009, the department of Health and Human Services invested $25.9 billion to promote the adoption of Electronic Health Records (EHR). This method of record keeping allows seamless care across multiple systems, while reducing errors in reports associated with paper filing and note taking. The privacy of personal health records increases by making information passwords secure and reducing discrepancies in handwriting or lost files.

While switching to EHR is an important evolution in healthcare, it generates a new challenge to HIPAA compliance: internet security. Sensitive information can now be transmitted wirelessly through electronic methods like e-mail or specialty health software. Wireless transfer increases the importance of a secure transfer process, from the applications that are used to the wireless transmitters themselves. With the knowledge that sensitive health information will be transmitted wirelessly from institution to institution, it becomes increasingly important to invest in the latest in secure internet infrastructure.

Limit Vulnerability with Increased Security

 

Security begins with the technology used to transmit sensitive health information. Staying on the forefront of wireless technology infrastructure will limit potential breaches and HIPAA violations, decreasing hospital vulnerability.

Security Built-In with Cutting Edge Infrastructure

 

Amplified Solutions specializes in Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS), which offer better consistency with the latest in network security built in to the technological infrastructure. This system targets institutions with the greatest need for data speed, coverage reliability, and increased protection.

We provide turn-key solutions for hospital systems by planning, developing, and building large scale, secure data networks that offer security and peace of mind.