What is HIPAA & HITECH compliance?

HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, sets the standard for protecting sensitive patient data. It applies to any company that deals with protected health information (PHI). Without efficient tools, HIPAA compliance can become a burden that consumes entire days or weeks for your IT team. Finding an effective way to meet these challenges is imperative.

HITECH stands for the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act and is directly related to HIPAA. The HITECH Act urges the adoption of electronic health records (EHR) to improve quality of care for patients. As healthcare organizations adopt health information technology, personal health information (PHI) is subject to risk while transferred between hospitals, clinics, pharmacies and insurers using traditional, unsecure file transfer methods such as FTP. It is a necessity that organizations take proper measures to secure this data at rest and in motion, to ensure the privacy and security standards of HIPAA and HITECH.

Compliance Requirements:

The basic goal of HIPAA’s Security Rule is protecting the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of electronic protected health information (ePHI). The Security Rule is separated into three types of safeguards: administrative, physical, and technical.

HIPAA privacy and security compliance is strictly enforced by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and can result in substantial penalties.

Managed File Transfer, HIPAA & HITECH:

In an industry that involves constantly moving and updating patient records, maintaining security and compliance requires a robust method of protecting any transfer of data. A comprehensive managed file transfer solution directly supports an overall HIPAA-compliance strategy by

  • protecting the privacy and security of electronic health records when it is accessed or shared,
  • providing technical safeguards that monitor file transfer activity, and
  • promoting interoperability between hospitals, clinics, pharmacies and insurers with an easy-to-use solution for secure PHI transfer.

In addition, a good MFT solution will generate detailed audit trails and reporting of every file transfer, identifying the users, the recipients, and the file names transmitted. Just what an auditor needs to see.

"We needed a tool that would ensure secure and dependable data transmissions. We tried many different tools but none were as versatile and dependable as GoAnywhere."

Case Studies

Cancer Registry of Greater California

The Cancer Registry of Greater California boosts employee collaboration with GoAnywhere while meeting stringent regulatory requirements associated with handling sensitive patient data. Learn about the challenges they faced and how they used GoAnywhere to improve productivity and streamline processes for information access.

Bristol Hospital

Delivering the best possible experience for its patients is very important to Bristol Hospital. In addition to receiving excellent care, patients need to trust that the hospital is also protecting their health records and other sensitive data. GoAnywhere from HelpSystems has allowed Bristol Hospital to ensure that trust with strong data encryption, authentication and audit trails. Bristol Hospital uses GoAnywhere to protect HIPAA controlled data, EDI records, and accounting information.



See how GoAnywhere helps to meet HIPAA and HITECH compliance regulations

Five Ways to Improve ePHI for HIPAA/HITECH with MFT

Five Ways to Improve ePHI for HIPAA/HITECH with MFT

How Managed File Transfer Addresses HIPAA Requirements for ePHI

How Managed File Transfer Addresses HIPAA Requirements for ePHI


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