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: