Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Dot gov

The .gov means it’s official.
Federal government websites often end in .gov or .mil. Before sharing sensitive information, make sure you’re on a federal government site.

Https

The site is secure.
The https:// ensures that you are connecting to the official website and that any information you provide is encrypted and transmitted securely.

Encryption Basics

Published

Author(s)

Kevin M. Stine, Quynh H. Dang

Abstract

Healthcare and health information technology professionals are entrusted with patient data which, because of its personal nature, requires protection to ensure its confidentiality. To provide this protection, these professionals frequently look to commonly accepted technologies and methodologies to safeguard this data while at rest and in transit. One technology capable of providing this type of protection is encryption. Implementing and managing an encryption solution can certainly be complex. This article seeks to inform anyone entrusted to protect patient data with an understanding of basic encryption processes, an awareness of the security properties provided by encryption, and knowledge of important requirements for effective encryption.
Citation
Journal of AHIMA
Volume
82
Issue
5

Keywords

encryption, health information technology, HIPAA, HITECH Act
Created May 2, 2011, Updated February 19, 2017