Tokenization for HIPAA-Compliant eCommerce


HIPAA Data Security and Privacy Tokenization

Tokenization and encryption are associated with how electronic protected health information (ePHI) is transferred. Both shield the actual data by putting "something else" in its place to make data extremely hard to intercept and decode. The difference between the two is that encoding is an adjustable procedure using a decoding key (essentially decoding a code), while tokenization refers to an unusable, random set of numbers with the actual ePHI concealed in a vault. Depending on the circumstances, Clarity may recommend tokenization as the better choice when you’re trying to fulfill HIPAA website requirements

ePHI tokenization safeguards each piece of information with a randomly created token that has no link to other important data. Though scaling up the formation token can be more challenging (compared to encryption), it can function on any data volume and it is primarily used for organized information such as account numbers, social security numbers, and EMR/EHR. 

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Using Tokenization for HIPAA-Compliant eCommerce Websites

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Using tokens is an intelligent way to apply an additional layer of security to the existing HIPAA-compliant website protections. This is an excellent way to protect patient data. ePHI tokenization can change the level of security and ability to fulfill HIPAA website requirements. You can use the tokenized data in the position of the real data, retaining the functionality of the operations without the need to access the real information secured under numerous protection layers. It is also an appropriate solution client-side if you need to host the credit card information collected from any of your pages without directly manipulating the data. 


Credit Card Information and HIPAA Compliance

Tokenization has become very common, not only for payment data but also for any sensitive information. For this reason, it must be stringently secured. Tokenization is widely accepted as HIPAA security best practice for storing medical information, but financial information gathered by medical providers must also be well-protected. Hospital billing departments, medical equipment sellers, and pharmacies are all entrusted with credit card and debit card information in addition to covered HIPAA EMR/EHR.  

One common practice is to transmit credit card data to a tokenization API and send that information, now protected, over SSL by the user interface. No backend application caches or stores that information as it goes directly to an API. The API takes the information and transfers it back to a reference token with that specific critical data. Additional security measures can also be taken to secure the data even further, such as allowing only certain IPs access to the portal in the first place. 

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In the end, you're taking very critical personal health information and storing it with HIPAA-compliant database software. This seriously encrypted data—often kept in HIPAA cloud storage—is fully structured, profoundly protected, and secured. As a result, it would be stimulating to access that information without having the right approval.

The information itself is signified by a token that can be later used to access the actual data. In addition to the access and token, a password and username can also authenticate the IP address. All information is transferred over encoded SSL to allow a secure data transmission. Transfer the token proceeds the demanded critical data that might be shown in the user interface.

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Why Keep HIPAA Standards?

You might hear someone say something about HIPAA guidelines. But HIPAA, as an act of Congress, is a collection of laws. Not following an EMR HIPAA compliance checklist can have severe consequences that could put considerable strain on your business. Here are some of the most common problems that occur when HIPAA security best practices are not implemented. 

  • Fines — HIPAA laws are enforced by the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), a division of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. (HHS). OCR can levy millions of dollars in fines against a single medical provider. Anyone who keeps or transfers electronic EMR/EHR data (called a covered entity) is subject to these laws. When you consider that the OCR can level HIPAA fines per record, non-compliance can be devastating to a business.
  • Lawsuits — A person cannot directly sue for HIPAA violations. However, laws are in place at the state level that accompany or are directly related to HIPAA regulations. Violations of these state laws could allow someone to sue your business.
  • Customer Loyalty — Customers have entrusted you with both their health information and their credit card information. Failing to follow HIPAA security best practices could cost you customers when you break that trust, especially since you must inform them directly that the breach has occurred. Notices may also have to go up on your website and press releases may be required, something that could cost you future customers as well.

Each covered entity is responsible for implementing its own HIPAA-compliant website and app, as well as securing HIPAA-compliant web hosting. That’s why it’s vital to find a medical app developer that has experience in PHI data security. 

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How Can Clarity Help with HIPAA Website Compliance?

To sum up, tokenization is an excellent choice for the safety of data, as every token is created randomly and has no link to the actual data. Healthcare tokenization occurs when ePHI is submitted from the user so that the information arrives safely —  without being compromised —  at its destination. When ePHI is needed, the equivalent token is used in its place. ePHI tokenization offers excellent security and the ability to fulfill HIPAA compliance requirements.  

Clarity has developed some of the best HIPAA-compliant websites available and has provided EMR integration solutions for companies across the globe. This includes incorporating dozens of healthcare eCommerce companies offering options such as Epic EMR integration, GE Healthcare EHR, eClinicalWorks Healow, and Cerner medical software integration. We know that the most efficient way to keep HIPAA standards is to include them in your plans from the very beginning. Clarity's HIPAA compliance services include: 

  • HIPAA-Compliant Websites 
  • HIPAA-Compliant Web Hosting 
  • HIPAA-Compliant eCommerce EMR integrations 
  • HIPAA Security and Privacy Rule Adherence 
  • HIPAA-Compliant Mobile App Development 
  • HIPAA Compliance Requirements 
  • HIPAA Technical Safeguards 
  • HIPAA Compliance Certification 
  • HIPAA Password Requirements 
  • Epic HIPAA Violations
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