HIPAA HITECH Fines Are a Reality

Posted by Rebecca Santorios on Jan 14, 2013 4:00:00 PM

As a sign of what is to come the world of patient data regulation, it has been reported in the news recently that an Idaho Hospice paid a $50,000 settlement for a HIPAA breach. They failed to properly encrypt and protect electronic protected health information. (ePHI) This settlement adds to growing evidence that health care provider, and their business associates, need to carefully and appropriately manages their HIPAA HITECH encryption and other privacy and security responsibilities.

Protecting the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of electronic protected health information (ePHI) is the pinnacle of the HIPAA Security Rule – the Healthcare sector is in the business of healing the sick, not building and maintaining multiple, high-availability data centers – this should be in the hands of a datacenter that has a thorough understanding of HIPAA compliance including HIPAA security risks, management, policies and procedures. ByteGrid specializes in hosting for the regulated sector. We have designed and implemented a fully qualified datacenter and quality system including policies and procedures, audit support and other compliance services as needed for any organization subject to HIPAA HITECH regulations. Since a datacenters job is to manage and host their client's data, the Healthcare field should look to partner with one that has dotted and the 'I's' and crossed all the T's.

Infractions and fines such as what was assessed on the Idaho Hospice are fast becoming commonplace. ByteGrid's fully qualified Community, Private and Hybrid Cloud solutions deliver a platform that is cost effective, scalable and reliable to adhere to all HIPAA HITECH security rules - Help is available today to minimize risk for any Healthcare organization.

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