May 25, 2022

The Importance of SOC 2 Certification in Cardiology

Service Organization Control 2 (SOC 2) is a compliance standard for service organizations. It was developed by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), which specifies how organizations should manage their customer’s data. 

In the healthcare industry, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA as it is better-known, sets the standard for sensitive patient data protection. Providers and their organizations are responsible for ensuring that they, along with their vendors and partners, take the necessary steps to protect patient privacy. The civil and criminal penalties for providers and their organizations for any HIPAA violations can be severe. 

Civil penalties for HIPAA violations start at $100 per violation for anyone who violates HIPAA Rules. The maximum criminal penalty for a violation is $250,000. Restitution may also need to be paid to the victims. In addition to the financial penalty, a jail term is likely for a criminal violation of HIPAA Rules. That is why healthcare providers should never work with any organization that can jeopardize their patient’s data security.

Today, more and more cardiology practices are developing remote patient monitoring (RPM) programs to reap the many benefits of this form of telehealth for both the practitioner and the patient. Security should go hand-in-hand with patient safety in any remote monitoring process. 

That’s why it’s important for cardiology clinics to check that any RPM vendor with whom they share patient data or information exchange, has a SOC 2 Certification to protect sensitive patient data from IT cyber attacks. 

SOC 2 compliance means the healthcare organization you are working with is aligned with current best practices for securing data in the healthcare industry. The SOC 2 standard is based on five established Trust Services Criteria (TSCs.)

The five criteria are:

  • Security
  • Availability
  • Confidentiality
  • Processing Integrity
  • Privacy

The SOC 2 Certification means your medical device and data platform vendor takes cyber security seriously. 

At RhythmScience rest assured that you are working with a responsible organization that believes in implementing only the best security practices to rigorously protect sensitive information.

Rhythm360 was built with security not just as a feature, but as a foundation. 

Our privacy and security measures include:  

  • Meeting HIPAA and NIST cyber security requirements
  • Audit trails and service-level log aggregation
  • Threat detection and intrusion prevention
  • Backup services for databases and file systems
  • Disaster recovery options including multi-region redundancy
  • Full SOC2 compliance

RhythmScience is revolutionizing cardiac data by providing building blocks for comprehensive remote care.

Request a free practice evaluation to see how Rhythm360 can help your team streamline its process: https://www.rhythm360.io/

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