The Ultimate Guide to Third-Party Remote Access: Healthcare

May 29, 2018//Ellen Neveux

Last Updated: November 19, 2020

Cyber attacks are plaguing the healthcare industry. Since the healthcare industry works directly with Protected Health Information (PHI), bad actors are looking, and finding, the easiest ways to access such sensitive information. The route bad actors find and use, frequently, happens through a vendor’s unregulated access to an enterprise organizations network. This unregulated access opens up a world of opportunities for bad actors— data breaches, ransomware, and denial of service attacks to name a few. Along with this, the costs per record in the healthcare industry beats out prices when compared to other highly regulated industries (e.g. financial and technology).

The target on the healthcare industry’s back isn’t going away anytime soon, so the best thing to do is be proactive in protecting your network. Implementing the best secure remote access software is the only way to combat the constant threat of a cyber attack while also needing to meet industry standards in compliance. The Ultimate Guide to Third-Party Remote Access: Healthcare provides more insights on how the healthcare industry can properly protect and regulate their network while continuing to be compliant within the sector.

Third-party remote access for healthcare

When a third-party interacts with electronic PHI (ePHI) or PHI, they are called a Business Associate (BA). The relationship between a healthcare organization and its various BAs is essential for business-critical aspects to run smoothly. Examples of BAs include: legal support, consultants or technical personnel, and other external vendors that are necessary for day-to-day business to be successful. Though these relationships are indeed necessary, they are also very risky. So risky that it has been reported that data breaches caused by unsecured third-parties (BAs) are not only at an all-time high, but it is also expected that this trend will grow.

Understanding the regulation of BAs in the healthcare industry is of the utmost importance. The Ultimate Guide to Third-Party Remote Access: Healthcare offers more insights on how regulating BAs is not only possible, but it can be done without compromising compliance, efficiency, or security .

Healthcare compliance

For the healthcare industry, the regulation of BAs and compliance intersect. Since the industry revolves around such sensitive information (PHI), there are important and required compliance standards that any entity that deals with PHI must follow. Compliance is easily achieved with the right secure remote access platform because of the audit features that make it easy to verify that all HIPAA and HITECH Act standards are being adhered to. An added bonus to compliance is that if your BAs are being compliant, then so are you. An easy way to check compliance is to download The Ultimate Guide to Third-Party Remote Access: Healthcare since it includes a helpful, and interactive, checklist on compliance.

Best practices

Not only does danger lie within the relationship of a healthcare organization and its BAs, but there is also a ton of risk in getting third-party remote access wrong. With the best third-party remote access platform, a healthcare organization can:

  • Assess current access levels
  • Evaluate current policies that are in place
  • Define BA access needs
  • Identify gaps in compliance
  • Correct gaps in liability

Learn more about healthcare and remote access
To learn more about secure remote access, make sure to download the Ultimate Guide to Third-Party Remote Access: Healthcare. Since unsecured remote access is quickly becoming the main attack vector, the guide provides information which will help those in the healthcare industry take steps to allow access without compromising efficiency, security, or compliance.

About SecureLink
Our sole focus is secure third-party remote access. For highly regulated enterprise organizations, SecureLink Enterprise has pioneered a secure remote access platform. SecureLink for enterprise allows an organization to identify, control, and audit third-party vendors. For vendors, SecureLink is the gold standard remote access support platform because it is easy, efficient, and ensures compliance and reduces liability when supporting customers.

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