HIPAA Compliance for eCommerce Websites
Helping your HIPAA compliant eCommerce site be even more secure
If your eCommerce website comes in contact with individuals’ personal protected health information (PHI), it most likely needs to be HIPAA compliant. When dealing with PHI, your eCommerce site needs to be extremely secure in order to prevent others from accessing your customer’s personal information. Below are five things to consider to help make your eCommerce site HIPAA compliant and protected.
One of the requirements of a HIPAA compliant website is having all of your data encrypted. Data that is transmitted, archived, and stored all needs to be encrypted in order to keep people’s PHI secure and private. Consider taking it a step further and encrypting the data within your database, which will help increase the safety of your customer’s private and personal health information.
A Secure Socket Layer (SSL) is another essential for HIPAA compliance. A SSL is a layer of protection that allows you to transmit private information and data securely. Your eCommerce site should pass all of its transmission over SSL to ensure that customer’s private information remains private and safe.
Logging Use and Access to Data Records
When someone accesses the data records that contain private personal information, that use needs to be logged. Many programs, including firewalls, can automatically log who accessed the data, when they accessed it, and whether or not they made changes to the data. This helps trace how many people have seen the information and who may have altered it. If there is a breach in the system, it can also help determine who breached it and when it happened.
Minimizing Availability of Secure Data
When you are dealing with sensitive information such as PHI, it can be difficult to keep and protect customer’s private information. The tokenization of data helps to accomplish this. Tokenization is a process where private information is replaced by unique symbols or numbers that are unrelated to the original information. This enables you to store the private information while keeping it secure and making it difficult for hackers to decode any information if they are able to breach your systems.
Authentication and IP Blocking
To help keep your website secure and HIPAA compliant, you can use an authentication process. By requiring authentication credentials that only the server that hosts the site has, no one else will be able to access it. You can also use IP blocking which enables you to block any IP addresses that you don’t want accessing your site or systems.
Clarity Can Help
Our team at Clarity has worked with numerous clients to help make their websites HIPAA compliant. Our experts understand the ins and outs of compliance and what it takes to make your website and customers’ information as secure as possible. Clarity even offers web hosting for HIPAA compliant websites. To find out more about how Clarity can help your site with its HIPAA compliance, call or click to contact us today!