Starting in May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
will go into effect, and businesses based in the European Union (EU) will be required to support these regulations when handling patient data. GDPR is a new regulation designed for protecting patient data in the EU. For European hearing care professionals, GDPR serves a similar purpose to the U.S. HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) security regulations.
Are you ready for GDPR?
Ultimately, it is the professional's responsibility to ensure that patient data is handled according to the GDPR. In brief:
- Patients will have new rights that will require changes in data processing by hearing care professionals
- Patients can recover damages from a professional if their data is not processed according to GDPR
How does GDPR affect Noah System?
GDPR will require hearing care businesses to examine how they process data in all their office tools, including Noah.
Last year, HIMSA began investigating GDPR requirements and consulting with GDPR experts.
The results tell us that most of the tools necessary for GDPR compliance for Noah data already exist in the current Noah System version! However, some enhancements will still be needed to help ensure that GDPR compliance tools are as complete and intuitive as possible in Noah System.
In Noah System 4.9, this will include the following additional security options:
- Active Directory Integration (Windows) login to better control access to Noah System data
- Encryption option for your Noah database
- The ability to encrypt and password protect Noah exports
- Better control of your Noah activity logs
Testing is already underway on Noah System 4.9, and the release is expected within the next couple of months, well in time for the GDPR implementation date of May 25th 2018.
In the coming months, HIMSA News and the HIMSA website will include articles on how you can use the new features in Noah System 4.9 to protect your patient data.