Healthcare Information Division

CORC - Security Information

CORC has built-in security that requires users to meet specific security requirements in order to use the system. Two primary requirements are 128-bit encryption and the use of usernames and passwords.

Usernames and Passwords
People who will need access to CORC will include:
  • Individuals who will submit or enter data on behalf of the hospital.
  • Individuals who will perform on-line corrections.
  • Individuals who need to see status of data submissions on a regular basis.

Each user must have a unique username and password in order to log onto CORC. Contact your hospital's User Account Administrator to obtain a username and password. If you are unsure of who your User Account Administrator is or if you are a Corporate Hospital Affiliate who will submit data on behalf of a hospital, contact OSHPD at (916) 326-3865.

Protect Your Password

Security Tips gives CORC users information on following User ID and password security procedures to follow industry best practices which should be adhered to in order to ensure data integrity and compliance with the HIPAA security rules.

Hospitals

If you are your hospital's CORC User Account Administrator, complete the User Account Administrator (UAA) Agreement form and return the completed form to OSHPD for processing.

What is 128-bit encryption?

OSHPD requires the use of a 128-bit encryption browser when using CORC. 128-bit encryption offers the highest degree of confidentiality and security when transmitting data over the Internet. This means that you are able to submit your data with increased assurance of the privacy of your information.

How do I know if I have 128-bit encryption?

First, it is important to note that CORC only supports the use of Microsoft Internet Explorer version 7.0 or higher. If you are using any other browser, CORC will not work properly.

You can check to see if your current browser has 128-bit encryption by following the following steps:

  • Open Internet Explorer.
  • Select Help from the top menu bar.
  • Select About Internet Explorer option. A new window will appear.
  • Verify that the Cipher Strength says "128-bit".
  • Click OK to close the window.

I don't have 128-bit encryption. How can I get it?

You can get 128-bit encryption by upgrading your current version of Internet Explorer. Go to Microsoft to download the 128-bit encryption upgrade and follow the directions provided. You may need to contact your organization's information technical support group prior to downloading and installing this product.

You will need to know what version of Internet Explorer you are currently using. Follow the steps listed in the section above to find out the browser version currently installed on your desktop. The browser version will be listed above cipher strength.

Page last revised: June 21, 2012 10:20 AM