Unlocking HIPAA Compliance: How Heimdal's Cybersecurity Solutions Can Help

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What is HIPAA?

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA, is a federal act enforced by the US Congress. Its principal duty is to ensure the accuracy of health data. HIPAA compliance is required for every healthcare business that keeps, processes or transmits protected health information (PHI). PHI can take numerous forms, but ePHI — electronically Protected Health Information — is its digital counterpart.

Because most modern healthcare organizations save patient data digitally, ePHI has become the predominant way of archiving confidential patient data. Failure to comply with HIPAA standards may financially damage many firms, and restoring business credibility in customers' eyes is sometimes impossible.

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Who needs to be HIPAA compliant?

HIPAA is a US federal law that governs the privacy and security of Personal Health Information (PHI) in the United States; hence, it only applies to American healthcare companies and citizens.

Health insurance companies

Health Insurance Companies

Healthcare clearinghouses

Healthcare Clearinghouses

Healthcare providers

Healthcare Providers

Business associates

Business Associates of Covered Entities



Long-term care facilities

Long-term Care Facilities


Research Institutions

Public health

Public Health Authorities




Schools and Universities

What are the four main HIPAA regulations, and how do they impact compliance?

  • Privacy Rule

    Privacy Rule

    The HIPAA Privacy Rule creates a national standard for patients' privacy and personal information rights. It also establishes the framework for defining what ePHI is, how it must be safeguarded, how it can and cannot be used, and how it can be transferred and kept.

  • Security Rule

    Security Rule

    The HIPAA Security Rule established national requirements for the processes required to protect electronic protected health information (ePHI). These measures apply to the whole operation of the entity, including technology, management, physical safeguards for devices, and anything else that may impact the security of ePHI.

  • Breach Notification Rule

    Breach Notification Rule

    The Breach Notification Rule outlines what happens when there is a security breach. It is impossible to protect data entirely, and organizations must have systems in place to notify the public and victims of a HIPAA breach of what has occurred and what their next steps are.

  • Omnibus Rule

    Omnibus Rule

    The Omnibus rule, a more recent rule, extends the reach of regulations to groups other than Covered Entities. In short, the Omnibus Rule provides that Business Associates and contractors are subject to compliance duties. As a result, Covered Entities are liable for any possible breaches committed by Business Associates and contractors and must update their gap analysis, risk assessment, and compliance procedures accordingly.

HIPAA Checklist for Compliance

This thorough checklist is meant to assist organizations in achieving compliance with HIPAA security regulations and protect sensitive patient data from potential threats and vulnerabilities, from risk assessments to emergency preparations.

Ensuring the privacy, security, and accessibility of all digitally protected health information.
Security concepts of access controls; centrally managed unique credentials for each user and processes to govern the release or exposure of ePHI.
Audit controls; hardware, software, and/or procedural systems for recording and examining access and other ePHI-related behavior.
Encryption, firewalling, updating programs and systems regularly, and other network security measures.
Detection and mitigation of potential threats to information security.
Ensure that all third-party vendors and contractors adhere to HIPAA security standards.
Reviewing and updating security measures regularly to ensure they are current and influential.
Implementing protocols for responding to security incidents and breaches.
Workforce employee training on HIPAA security rules and procedures.
Policies and processes to ensure that ePHI is not improperly altered or destroyed are known as integrity controls.

Heimdal's Top Solutions for
Achieving and Maintaining HIPAA Compliance

If your company is just starting on its compliance journey, or if HIPAA compliance is new to you, Heimdal can walk you through the process of determining what security measures need to be put in place, how your company will put those measures and controls in place, and what controls you plan to test and monitor regularly.

Don't wait for an issue to happen; instead, be proactive in carrying out the steps that will keep your data secure.


Prevent threats from becoming data breaches through mitigation, transparency, and refinement.


Whether it's vulnerability scanning, intrusion detection, asset identification, behavioral monitoring, security information and event management (SIEM), or asset discovery, safeguard your data while maintaining compliance.


To better prepare your staff and reduce risks, take a proactive approach to cyber threat mitigation and educate them on cybersecurity best practices.

Using Heimdal, you can safeguard sensitive information while meeting HIPPA compliance criteria. Contact us to learn how our product will help you achieve your goals.

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