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Method and System for Assigning Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Detection Signature to Protected Health Information (PHI)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000250559D
Publication Date: 2017-Aug-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 110K

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Method and System for Assigning Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Detection Signature to Protected Health Information (PHI)

Disclosed is a method and system for assigning health insurance portability and accountability act (HIPAA) detection signature to protected health information (PHI). The method and system enables application of HIPAA detection signature to PHI data streams collected by client gateways that are placed on premises of health care platforms such as hospitals and clinics. The detection signature is applied well in advance as a preventive measure to the PHI data for providing enhanced security and a new level of protection.

In accordance with the method and system, as illustrated in the figure, the detection signature is inserted at the point of egress to the cloud via gateways. The gateways use medical formats such as DICOM and HL7 for data transmission, which utilizes features called private tags and Z segments respectively. The features of the detection signature facilitates association of multi-part data element hash with a customer ID and a hashed ID. Additionally, the detection signature can also be inserted covertly into file headers of DICOM and HL7 where necessary. Further, for tracking, uniqueness and uniformity of the detection signatures, one or more checksums in combination are implemented such as UDI UUID, HIPPA SIG, and HIPAA SIG Cloud UID that act as key components.

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The detection signatures are built by extracting identifiers from multiple existing sources such as, but not limited to, FDA Unique De...