Filter by Category

Managed File Transfer Streamlines HIPAA/HITECH Complexity

Managed File Transfer (MFT) systems are great for policy enforcement, access authentication, risk reduction, and more. But for HIPAA and HITECH requirements, MFT shines as a work-flow automation tool.

MFT as the B2B Enabler

It shines because Managed File Transfer systems are actually automation platforms that can help companies streamline the secure transfer of data between business partners. How? It removes many of the configuration steps traditionally required for complex Business-to-Business (B2B) processes, keeping it straightforward and manageable.

Transferring patient information is a difficult challenge which many healthcare institutions are facing. Data standards were supposed to simplify this communication between healthcare institutions and their partners. But ask any technical professional about the underlying variability of data formats, and you'll hear a tale of potential confusion and complexity.

Nightmares of Compliance

The HITECH regulations within HIPAA require the security and privacy of healthcare records, strongly suggesting the use of data encryption. These records may travel between various healthcare-related partners including hospitals, clinics, payment processors and insurers. Each partner may require their own unique data format, and each may prefer a different encryption technique or transport protocol.

Considering these differing requirements, adding each new trading partner has traditionally needed the attention of in-house programming or manual processes, which has become hugely inefficient. Furthermore, if the new trading partner is not implemented properly, this can also create the potential for errors that may lead to data exposures. Any exposures could move the healthcare institution out of HIPAA/HITECH compliance and may cost them severely.

Simplifying and Integrating Information Transfer

A Managed File Transfer (MFT) solution can significantly reduce the potential for errors and automate those processes. With a good MFT solution, any authorized personnel should be able to quickly build transfer configurations for each healthcare business partner. This should allow for quick selection of strong encryption methods (e.g. Open PGP, SFTP, FTPS, HTTPS) based on the partner's requirements, so that HITECH requirements are maintained. At the same time, a MFT solution creates a visible audit trail to ensure that compliance is sustained.

But, perhaps just as important, a good Managed File Transfer solution is constructed as a modular tool that can be easily integrated into existing software suites and workflow processes. In fact, a good MFT is like a plug-able transfer platform that brings the variability of all kinds of B2B communications under real management.

Now extend the MFT concept beyond the healthcare business sector, into manufacturing, finance, distribution, etc. Suddenly MFT isn't a niche' utility, but a productivity and automation tool that has myriad uses in multiple B2B environments.

A Day-to-day Technical Solution

Perhaps this is why the Gartner Group has identified Managed File Transfer as one of the key technologies that will propel businesses in the coming years. It's more than just a utility suite: It's a system that can be utilized over and over as an integral part of an organization's solutions to automate and secure B2B relationships. In other words, MFT isn't just for specialized compliance requirements, but a lynch-pin of efficient B2B communications technology that can bring real cost savings to every organization.

Healthcare Case Study Utilizing a MFT Solution: Bristol Hospital Takes No Risks with Sensitive Data

 

Add a Comment

Allowed tags: <b><i><br>

Latest Posts


What Do Industry Professionals Think of Cloud Security? Get the 2018 Guide

June 18, 2018

Whether you’re considering a public cloud deployment or already exist in some form of hybrid environment, you’re probably trying to keep a pulse on the ever-evolving topic of cloud…


Introducing GoAnywhere MFT 5.7: New Cloud Integrations and Other Features

June 15, 2018

The latest version of our secure managed file transfer solution is live! Today GoAnywhere MFT 5.7 released with a variety of new features and updates, including brand-new Cloud Connectors,…


20 Managed File Transfer Project Ideas (Plus Survey Results)

June 6, 2018

Earlier this year, HelpSystems surveyed nearly 200 GoAnywhere MFT users to see how they use managed file transfer software in their organizations. The responses we received from our customers were…


Tradeshow Recap: Exploring Cloud File Transfer at Red Hat Summit 2018

May 21, 2018

Last week marked the first year for GoAnywhere as an exhibitor at Red Hat Summit in San Francisco. The three-day conference was a whirlwind of activity, great conversations, and opportunities to…


3 Reasons to Attend VMUG's June 7 Virtual Event

May 17, 2018

Whether you’re already using VMware to manage multiple virtual machines in one console, or you’re just getting started with datacenter virtualization, staying on top of trends, changes,…