Protecting healthcare data with HDS




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Over the past decade, the medical sector has slowly begun a process of digitization, integrating more and more digital tools such as online appointment booking into its patient pathways to facilitate, among other things, the work of secretaries. This process accelerated sharply in 2020 with the Covid-19 epidemic.

Healthcare data hosting: How important is it for your business?

Health data piracy

Data hacking has become the new trend among cybercriminals. Sadly, examples are multiplying and making headlines.

For example, in 2014 an American health insurance company had over a million records hacked. France, too, has been targeted by these attacks, with the AP-HP being taken over in the summer of 2021. The data - identity, social security number, etc. - of over 1.4 million people was stolen.

Beyond the security flaws that facilitate data theft, the main reason why cybercriminals are increasingly turning to this type of hacking is that health data can be very profitable: insurance scams, ransom demands, resale on the Dark Web... Medical data is an easy source of enrichment for cybercriminals, and is still not sufficiently secure.

To put an end to this trend, standards such as the RGPD. These require professionals to ensure the protection of their patients' personal data.

Protecting health data

What is health data?

Health data is any information sent or received that constitutes personal information specific to an individual. In practice, health data can take the form of :

  • contact details: surname, first name, telephone number, postal address, e-mail address
  • information on personal life
  • health information

The measures implemented

The opening up of the medical sector to the digital world has necessitated the implementation of numerous measures to protect all personal health data circulating today via software and IT systems.

Faced with the threats public Institutions have reacted. The RGPD, General Data Protection Regulation came into force in spring 2016. The latter concerns the processing of personal data. It ensures the confidentiality and security of this data. The RGPD has also given Internet users a right of scrutiny and control over how their data is used.

In France, a regulatory framework has been set up to reinforce the protection of healthcare data. The aim is to build a trustworthy environment for storing and reinforcing the protection of personal health data.

What is HDS?

HDS approval, Hébergeur de Données de Santé, now HDS certification, following the Ordinance of January 12, 2017 is aimed at individuals and legal entities processing or storing healthcare data:

"Any person who hosts personal health data collected in the course of prevention, diagnosis, care or social and medico-social monitoring activities, on behalf of the individuals or legal entities responsible for producing or collecting the data, or on behalf of the patient him/herself".

To be legal, any organization hosting healthcare data must be certified by a certification body accredited by COFRAC(Comité Français d'Accréditation).

At the same time, professionals have a duty to ensure that the software they use is hosted by an HDS-certified provider.

💡💡 Health data isn't just processed by doctors. The health insurance companies, nurseries, schools and retirement homes are also likely to process this type of data. They therefore need to use healthcare hosting 💡💡

Agendize and HDS

The security of our product is a major concern for us. Depending on the platform chosen by the customer, our solution is hosted on servers in France or the United States. Our servers are hosted by providers who implement 24/7 protection.

To guarantee the security of our customers' healthcare data, we have chosen to work with ATE. They have received HDS certification, based on international standards and setting requirements for the hosting of personal health data.

Do you process healthcare data and are looking for flexible, secure online booking software?

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