If you’re facing a HIPAA compliance audit by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), knowing that you have a fully compliant data center in your corner will help you face the three main requirements under review: Risk Management, Audit Controls standard, and Evaluation standard.
With the advent of breaches in the recent years and their large scale impact on patient privacy protections, regulated healthcare organizations turn to data encryption best practices to help protect electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI).
If your healthcare organization has very specific high demand resources, a HIPAA compliant private cloud hosting solution would best meet your needs. In a private cloud hosting environment, all resources are completely dedicated to your company and are entirely customizable. For example, organizations that deliver Software as a Service or provide or host healthcare solutions and records would benefit from a private cloud hosting environment.
No organization can afford the fines and the loss of reputation and revenue that occurs with a data breach, especially those in the healthcare industry. When you partner with a HIPAA compliant data center, one whose core business is serving HIPAA regulated entities, you can mitigate the risks associated with the physical and technical safeguards for electronic protected health information (ePHI).
There is a cost-effective way for smaller healthcare organizations to migrate their data to the cloud and still achieve HIPAA compliance. By using a HIPAA compliant public cloud hosting solution, startups and small companies can get a scalable, flexible environment that can grow with them while paying under a manageable pay-as-you-go pricing structure.
Organizations in the healthcare industry are feeling the pressure to utilize new technologies to keep up with both federal mandates for protected health information (PHI) and to provide the best care possible to patients. One key service built on cutting edge technology is the use of the cloud for backup purposes. While it’s crucial to back up your PHI so nothing important gets lost, you need to ensure your cloud backup solution is HIPAA compliant.
Healthcare organizations are turning to the cloud for HIPAA-compliant services such as applications, storage, and networking because they offer improved security for IT systems and operational efficiency usually at cost savings to support their critical business operations. In addition to the cost savings, HIPAA compliant cloud services offer a variety of benefits like remote file sharing, the ability to quickly and easily expand storage, and developing custom applications that allow organizations to create a dynamic infrastructure ready to handle their future needs.
The average colocation contract is between 3 to 5 years, and some can expand to between 5 and 15 years. Even if you opt for a short-term contract, that doesn’t mean you want the hassle and expense of changing data center locations every 3 years. It’s imperative that you choose a colocation service provider who can meet your current and future needs.
Topics: Compliant Colocation
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.