HIPAA Cloud Hosting: An End to HIPAA Hysteria

Posted by Rebecca Santorios on Jul 24, 2015 2:21:00 PM

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At ByteGrid, we focus on the facts about HIPAA compliance. If you’re searching for information about HIPAA compliance, you’ll notice there’s a lot of fear-mongering going on out there. It’s true that you can’t leave compliance to chance, and that compliance failures have cost companies millions. However, it’s also true that there are some clear, straightforward steps you can take to protect yourself and your organization. In this blog we’ll walk you through some of the simplest steps to avoiding overwhelming penalties – even if you do suffer a breach.

1. Partner with accredited hosting provider – especially one with a compliance support staff

Finding the right HIPAA cloud provider might seem like a lot of work, but if you look for a HIPAA-specific accreditation the list is narrowed down pretty quickly. EHNAC evaluates cloud providers against specific, measurable criteria. Datacenters must be able to clearly demonstrate, with unambiguous, objective evidence, that they consistently meet EHNAC’s criteria over an extended time frame before achieving accreditation. It’s measurable proof of compliance. Partnering with an accredited HIPAA cloud hosting provider helps you cover a lot of HIPAA requirements relatively quickly.

If your HIPAA cloud provider has a dedicated compliance staff, then you’re getting more than just datacenter support. You’ll have a team of experienced professionals helping to make sure you have everything that the HHS expects.

Make sure you’ve completed your risk analysis

Every covered entity must have one, and you need one, too. In addition to satisfying a regulatory requirement, a meaningful risk analysis can really help you make sure you put protections where you need them, and avoid wasting resources fixing problems that aren’t there. Make sure that you’ve thoughtfully completed this assessment. Your hosting provider’s compliance consultants can help with this.

Train your employees

Documented, meaningful training for your workforce will reduce the risk of inappropriate disclosure, and it helps demonstrate a culture of compliance that can limit your liability in the event of a breach.

Of course, your HIPAA cloud provider’s employees must have documented HIPAA training, too, but this is guaranteed with an EHNAC accredited provider.

Partner with the leader in HIPAA cloud hosting

If you’ve taken the time to complete these steps, you’re already on your way to having complete protection in place. Compliance requires ongoing maintenance, but if you’ve engaged the right partner this will be much easier for you and your staff.

ByteGrid was the first EHNAC accredited datacenter. We know of no other hosting provider that’s 100% dedicated to compliant cloud solutions. Our full time compliance staff is here to help ensure that your system is audit-ready at all times.

Schedule a visit yourself and see what sets us apart from mainstream datacenters. Secure your data and put your mind at ease.

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