Faced with a short timeline to deliver a critical enhancement, the company’s CIO directed the product team to acquire the PKWARE Software Development Kit (SDK), rather than attempting to build a solution themselves.
Using the PKWARE SDK, the company’s developers were able to include persistent data-level protection in their existing application with only a few lines of code. The process took days instead of months, allowing the upcoming EHR release to proceed as planned. The company also avoided the need for end user intervention or retraining, as the implementation was completely transparent to end-users.
The company was confident that its solution would satisfy customer demands for persistent protection, because PKWARE allows encryption to travel with data even when it is exported from the application to servers, desktops and mobile devices. Encryption woven into the EHR software would also enable healthcare providers to move and store sensitive information in compliance with HIPAA, HITECH, and ARRA requirements, helping them qualify for federal Meaningful Use funding and incentives.
With the PKWARE SDK solution in place, the company was able to move forward with an offering that provides end-to-end encryption, rather than relying on device and network based protection. PKWARE’s SDK met all of the company’s specific requirements, while also satisfying federal and industry defined requirements for securely storing and exchanging personally identifiable information and sensitive health information. PKWARE is now an essential component of the company’s information collection and sharing strategy, as it continues to increase its install base with existing customers and new business partners.