Rebecca Santorios

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Anatomy of a Compliant Outage Response

Posted by Rebecca Santorios on Mar 2, 2017 11:18:22 AM

On February 28, 2017, a widespread outage, or, as the hosting provider called it, “high error rates”, took down many prominent websites. We at ByteGrid look at any incident as a learning opportunity, and we were immediately busy measuring ourselves against compliant hosting requirements for an outage like this.

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Topics: HIPAA, Life Sciences, Cloud, QMS

HIPAA Compliance for 2017

Posted by Rebecca Santorios on Jan 9, 2017 10:13:32 AM

The New Year is right around the corner.  Time to shake off the cobwebs & set the goals for 2017.  For me, that means setting compliance goals for the year.  An easy place to start is with those high-value items that come to the top every year.  We in regulated industries know that compliance isn’t something you can just do once & forget about, & the new year is a perfect time to look back at lessons learned and to start checking off the base items for this year.

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Topics: HIPAA, security, Compliant Cloud

OCR Guidance on HIPAA & Cloud Computing

Posted by Rebecca Santorios on Dec 6, 2016 9:26:56 AM

In October, the HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR), announced the release of their guidance on HIPAA and cloud computing.  The guidance clarifies some of the requirements for health organizations that want to make use of the cloud.  Here are some highlights:

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Topics: HIPAA, Compliant Cloud, EHNAC, OCR

Compliant Hosting: What Audit Support Really Means

Posted by Rebecca Santorios on Aug 12, 2016 3:37:34 PM

One of the main things that makes ByteGrid ‘stand out from the crowd’ of other hosting providers is our ability to support audits.  This is one of the #1 reasons that our clients have partnered with us.  We offer full audit support & we don’t expect blind trust.  Regulated companies should expect transparency when selecting a datacenter partner.  Regulatory agencies require it.  Your GxP and HIPAA compliant hosting provider should fully support your regulatory requirements, and that means agreeing to an audit by a regulatory agency when it’s required, and agreeing to audits by customers so that they know what they’re getting before the regulators show up.

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Topics: HIPAA, GxP, Audits

Designing a Seamlessly Compliant Cloud System

Posted by Rebecca Santorios on Jul 28, 2016 10:58:41 AM

In this blog, we’ll go over some of the main points to consider when partnering with a GxP or HIPAA compliant hosting provider, to help you make sure that you close any compliance gaps.

ByteGrid is the leader in GxP and HIPAA compliant hosting.  As we’ve said before, compliance isn’t an add-on for us.  You don’t have to try to rewrite industry standards to partner with us, since we’ve built our systems based on well-studied, established practices.  We don’t need a fancy white paper trying to convince someone that compliance isn’t necessary for us because we’re so big.  Compliant cloud hosting is what we do.  It’s our whole reason for being.

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Topics: Cloud, Compliant Cloud

Leveraging Compliant Hosting for Data Integrity

Posted by Rebecca Santorios on May 23, 2016 9:41:00 AM

ByteGrid’s GxP and HIPAA compliant hosting was designed to help health & life science companies enjoy the benefits of cloud computing without putting their products at risk.  Our focus is to ensure the integrity, confidentiality, and availability of our customers’ data, and we subject our systems to rigorous validation to mitigate risks to data in the cloud.

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FDA’s Q&A on Data Integrity

Posted by Rebecca Santorios on Apr 28, 2016 11:59:18 AM

ByteGrid is the leader in GxP hosting.  Not only do we have some of the best technical minds in the business, we have a fully staffed, dedicated compliance department poring over the regulations and auditing our processes to make sure we stay compliant.  We’re always watching for new developments, like the FDA’s draft guidance, “Data Integrity and Compliance with CGMP,” issued last week. 

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They’re After Your Health Data

Posted by Rebecca Santorios on Mar 29, 2016 10:03:14 AM

ByteGrid takes HIPAA compliant hosting seriously.  As we’ve said before, compliance isn’t an add-on for us.  Compliant hosting is our mission.  That’s why we were the first commercial data center to receive an EHNAC accreditation.  We’re here to help healthcare organizations stay ahead of hackers. 

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Is Cloud Computing a Utility?

Posted by Rebecca Santorios on Mar 11, 2016 2:12:32 PM

Cloud computing has become so widespread, some have suggested that it can be viewed as a utility, like electrical power or water.  Let’s examine this concept.

There are parts of the cloud that can be treated as a utility, like cables that are utility-owned and managed, and to some extent your ISP’s hardware and services - the internet infrastructure.  But what about the servers, routers, lines and management software that are owned and operated by your cloud hosting provider? 

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First Warning Letter of the Year

Posted by Rebecca Santorios on Feb 26, 2016 9:29:21 AM

ByteGrid is committed to compliant cloud hosting at every level in our organization.  It’s built into the way we do things.  We don’t have to find creative ways to make ourselves seem compliant.  We’ve implemented proven processes for quality assurance, and these are also the very things that ensure regulatory compliance.

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