Encryption for Personal Computers and Devices

All Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and Clinics computers and devices include encryption software that prevents access to Dartmouth Health data in the event of loss or theft. This measure is a result of a federal bill (HITECH), which was signed into law in February 2009, and went into effect on September 15, 2009.

If you save patient health information (PHI) to a personal computer or any device that is not managed by User Support, you are exposing the organization to the risk of a data breach should that computer or device become lost or stolen. You can protect your patients’ PHI, and Dartmouth Health, by encrypting any electronic patient information that you save to a personal computer or device.

If you must save PHI to a personal computer, or any device that is not managed by User Support, you should encrypt your personal computer. The following options are available for Windows and Mac: