The healthcare industry has been undergoing significant changes for decades. A combination of factors have, however, accelerated the pace of change. With change has come a flood of data and increasing expectations from decision makers. Alteryx helps healthcare companies improve their speed of decision making by providing data analysts and line-of-business users the ability to prepare, blend, and analyze data themselves, without writing any code and without any IT dependence or delay.
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One of the hot topics at our lunch table when many of us met at Inspire 2017 was HIPAA. I wanted to create a thread where we could all discuss our challenges and triumphs related to HIPAA. Please share your story so we can learn from each other!
My HIPAA story
I work at Blue Cross of NC as a data engineer in our Operational Analytics area. A large component of my job recently has been building analytic apps that run from our internal Alteryx gallery that allow our internal stakeholders to pull their own operational data on an ad hoc basis. Since not everyone in our company should have access to our member's Protected Health Information (PHI) I chose to leverage the collections feature within the gallery. Since our Alteryx gallery is tied to active directory for automatic credentialing, this feature has made controlling access a breeze. I put the tools in collections and can just start typing someone’s name and Alteryx pulls possible matching names from active directory as I type. With some of the other BI tools that we have in house it can take a ticket and an act of congress to get access controlled by IT.
Once a workflow runs and a user has that spreadsheet of data, it is out of my hands as to what they do with it but I don't just assume they knew what is considered PHI or protected under HIPAA. One of the functions within the Interface Designer-Layout view is to add a link. I leveraged that functionality to add a link to our Privacy Office on the interface for my analytic apps.
Now when users go to run one of my self-service data apps from the gallery, after a description of the workflow that I put first, they see a blurb about HIPAA and a link to our guidelines.