Role-Based Access Control Ensures Extra Security in Healthcare

Traditionally, implementing RBAC for the care setting can be daunting, but there are efficient ways to bring a system on board that allow health system leaders to track, audit and allow who has access to what information and when.

While Role-based Access Control (RBAC) has uses in every industry, the healthcare provider can benefit enormously from a proper implementation. The potential to save exists not only by reducing potential fines in HIPAA and/or Sar-Box audits, but also from conceivable lawsuits if sensitive patient data is exposed to the wrong personnel.
RBAC is a technique for implementing authorization account management across organizations. This technique involves assigning access privileges to certain files and sets of data on the basis of an employee’s role rather than assigning access privileges to individual users. These roles in turn comprise the department, function, location and cost center associated with an employee, also allowing all of an employee’s interactions with the system to be captured, in essence creating an audit trail for the organization in case one is ever needed.