Navigate your way to HIPAA compliance

Want to achieve the highest security standards without advanced setups and long deployment? Choose NordLayer to protect access to your most sensitive data. And take your first step to HIPAA compliance.

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What does HIPAA stand for?

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA, is a federal statute enforced by the United States legislature. It sets standards for securing patient sensitive data from being disclosed without their consent.

Each covered entity that stores, processes, or transmits Protected Health Information (PHI) must be HIPAA-compliant.

PHI can take many forms, and its digital counterpart is electronically Protected Health Information (ePHI). Since most healthcare organizations now store patient data online, ePHI has become the primary method for archiving patient data.

Failure to follow HIPAA regulations can deal a devastating financial blow to your business and damage your reputation and patients’ trust.

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Who needs to be HIPAA compliant?

Scheme of who should be HIPAA compliant

Healthcare providers

Doctors, clinics, psychologists, dentists, pharmacies, health insurance companies, and any other entities that create and share PHI, perform treatment, and also other procedures such as accepting payments for health services.

Partners of healthcare providers

Enterprises that provide services to the healthcare industry, such as consultants, accounting firms, IT suppliers, lawyers, and other organizations that create, receive, maintain, or share PHI on behalf of covered entities.


Organizations that also handle PHI are hired by healthcare providers’ partners to help with specific tasks, such as, for example, cloud hosting providers or shredding companies.


HIPAA Requirements

HIPAA requirements for covered entities include and are limited to:

  • The security concepts of access controls (centrally-controlled unique credentials for each user and procedures to govern the release or disclosure of ePHI)
  • Integrity controls (policies and procedures to ensure that ePHI is not improperly altered or destroyed)
  • Audit controls (hardware, software, and/or procedural mechanisms to record and examine access and other ePHI-adjacent activity)
  • Network security (encryption, firewalling, etc.).
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HIPAA Privacy Rule

HIPAA Privacy Rule outlines a patient’s rights about their health information and regulates who can access it. The rule is not exclusive to digital data. Parts of this rule also list the required paperwork and consent forms to be filled out by those handling PHI.

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HIPAA Security Rule

HIPAA Security Rule establishes standards for safeguarding information when it’s shared or stored electronically. This rule is about the technical, administrative, and physical safeguards to make it inaccessible to unauthorized individuals.

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HIPAA Breach Notification Rule

As the name implies, the Breach Notification Rule details the course of action in case of a data breach. This rule assumes that no system is hackproof and that it’s better to have a detailed plan in case of an emergency. It defines how to notify the affected patients and what steps to take to limit the damage.


HIPAA-compliant network security solution

Independent assessors reviewed NordLayer’s policies, standards, and procedures and concluded they meet the security objectives outlined in the HIPAA Security Rules. It means NordLayer is HIPAA-compliant and has the appropriate measures for securing access to Protected Health Information.

NordLayer's Control Panel view which is now HIPAA-complaint


How NordLayer can contribute to your HIPAA compliance

NordLayer provides remote access to your company's internal resources. Our solution protects all endpoints with sensitive information with an extra security layer of access to your network, cloud tools, or databases. 

Modern healthcare organizations need modern security solutions that adapt to the complexities of today’s hybrid working environments and HIPAA rules. Wherever their location, users, devices, apps, and data must have the same advanced level of network access protection. That’s where NordLayer comes in.

What HIPAA compliance requirements apply to you

Need a network security solution that complies with HIPAA?

With NordLayer’s solutions integrated into compliance strategies, you can safeguard access to sensitive data. Contact us to learn how our products can bring one step closer to HIPAA compliance.


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HIPAA helps protect the personal private data of patients. Without it, this sensitive data would be accessible to malicious entities.