As an additional, redundant level of security, all transmitted patient data is encrypted using a private key, defined by and known only by the clinic administrator. CognisantMD system administrators do not have access to this key and will never require it. This key ensures that even the most trusted CognisantMD administrators are completely unable to read patient charts.
The system uses AES for the encryption algorithm (an industry standard).
The only pieces of data that are not double-encrypted using this private key are those collected by optional, specially-designated anonymous eForms, explained further in the next section.