10 Ways to Make Encryption More Usable
Criminal hackings of protected health information show just how insecure PHI is, even two decades after the implementation date of the HIPAA Security Rule. The hacks are more maddening because one of the best defenses against them is encryption.
Encryption is commonly used to protect PHI in transit or protect data on mobile computing devices. But it's not common to encrypt data that's "at rest"-residing in electronic health records systems, insurance membership databases and other information systems used almost constantly. That's because encryption slows processing systems-it takes time for encrypted data to be decrypted for a user, and then re-encrypted when that user is done with it. But there are solutions and more can be done. Industry experts offer 10 tips.