Managing Privacy, Content Access, & Security with Role-Based Restrictions
HIPAA Access Restriction & Role-Based Security
Access restrictions and role-based security is a key component for a successful HIPAA eCommerce platform; to be successful here, you need to comply with HIPAA to begin with. This means that keeping in mind a patient's right to privacy regarding their medical information is absolutely key. You need to have security rules with limitations to access based on user and administrator’s needs, making people only have access to the information they cannot properly do their job without.
The application itself needs to be formatted in a way that ensures that users cannot access information that they should not be able to see. Similarly, administrators should only have access to the information that’s relative to their role. Different roles require different data, meaning their access should be tailored to their individual needs.
There is not a set implementation plan to handle these sorts of scenarios. However, a common practice is that the application has the capability to limit access and ensure that if someone is no longer within a covered entity their access is removed; this is called a CE.
Furthermore, everyone needs to only have access to information during the time they actively need it. This means if someone is no longer employed, then their access should immediately be terminated. This is a rather typical capability for role-based systems.