Security Savvy in Healthcare Tech: Ensuring the Protection of SOC 2 and HITRUST

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January 30, 2024

When it comes to healthcare technology and protecting Personal Healthcare Information (PHI), data security isn’t just a box to tick – it’s a sacred trust. We’re dealing with lifeblood information, the most intimate details woven into the fabric of your patient population. As an organization working in healthcare technology for over a decade, strategically navigating the waters of healthcare security and taking protective measures has always been a top priority.  

Reported by The HIPAA Journal, 2023 was a record year for both, data breaches and the number of exposed or breached records.  Many security breaches are avoidable. SOC 2 and HITRUST aren’t just fancy acronyms. They’re shields protecting the most vulnerable data on the planet─ your patients. So, let’s unlock the vault and examine the importance of these security designations, what they mean for ePrescribing software, and what questions you should ask when considering an ePrescribing platform.

What is SOC 2 Type 2?

Think of it as a detailed audit, a deep dive into a vendor’s security infrastructure, policies, and procedures. It requires more diligence than the Type 1 requirements. Type 2 goes beyond simply stating what controls exist; it verifies their effectiveness. To receive this designation for our ePrescribing platform, DoseSpot worked with independent auditors who spent months scrutinizing how we actually operate, not just what we claim to do. Currently, we have the type 2 designation with zero exceptions.

Why should this matter to vendor partners?

How do you assess SOC 2 with your health tech vendors?

Use this list of questions below to help guide you through SOC 2 conversations with any vendors you intend to partner with:

Can you share your SOC 2 report with us? Transparency is key, and reputable vendors will readily share their reports (with redactions for sensitive information).
* DoseSpot requires that you have a signed NDA in place before sharing our SOC 2 report.

Now, let’s move on to HITRUST. This framework was first established in 2007 to bring alignment to the processes and standards of healthcare security. It goes beyond SOC 2, specifically designed for the unique security challenges of the healthcare industry. It incorporates HIPAA, NIST, PCI DSS, and other relevant regulations, creating a comprehensive compliance roadmap.

Think of HITRUST as a fortress built with multiple layers of defense: common controls, industry-specific controls, and even tailored controls specific to your needs. This multi-layered approach ensures your sensitive patient data is shielded from a wide range of threats. DoseSpot has engaged an independent assessor as we pursue the HITRUST pathway.

Why HITRUST matters:

So, when evaluating vendors, ask:

Remember, healthcare technology is a delicate dance, balancing innovation with unwavering data protection. Don’t settle for vendors who treat security as an afterthought. Demand transparency, demand compliance, and most importantly, demand the peace of mind that comes with knowing your patients’ data is in the safest hands possible. After all, in today’s world of cyber threats, data breaches, and targeted online attacks, there’s no such thing as being overly secure. At DoseSpot, we take pride in mitigating security risk by pursuing what’s next in data protection and regularly updating policies and procedures to keep up with the fast-changing healthcare technology standards.