CEO Perspective: Is Quality Management a critical element of compliance?

Posted by Michael Duckett on Mar 13, 2017 9:00:00 AM

As the CEO of a company focused on providing highly secure, compliant services, it is somewhat astonishing to me that there are companies in our industry that do not truly understand and, as a result underestimate what it takes to be capable of providing true regulatory compliance.

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Topics: HIPAA, Compliant Hosting, GxP, Compliant Colocation, Compliant Cloud, 21 CFR Part 11, Quality Management, CEO, QMS

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 Compliant Private Cloud Hosting

Posted by Chris Isham on Feb 21, 2017 8:30:00 AM

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.

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Topics: HIPAA

HIPAA Compliant Public Cloud Hosting

Posted by Chris Isham on Feb 14, 2017 8:30:00 AM

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.

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Topics: HIPAA

The Importance of HIPAA Compliant Cloud Backup

Posted by Chris Isham on Feb 8, 2017 4:16:10 PM

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.

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Topics: HIPAA

Understanding HIPAA Compliant Cloud Services

Posted by Chris Isham on Jan 30, 2017 8:08:42 PM

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.

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Topics: HIPAA

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

What You Need to Know About a HIPAA Compliant Data Center

Posted by Chris Isham on Nov 29, 2016 9:47:27 AM

You don’t want to be unknowingly exposed to a HIPAA compliance violation. That’s why it’s of paramount importance to properly vet a data center that says it’s compliant before entrusting your protected health information to one.

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Topics: HIPAA

Firmware Integrity and the HIPAA Security Rule

Posted by Jose Gonzalez on Oct 13, 2016 12:14:12 PM

Firmware is everywhere; from the largest data center to the smallest networked LED light bulb. It is the most powerful code on any system because it controls how devices operate. Compromised firmware can be used to corrupt or steal data, spy on your environment or even destroy the system it is controlling.

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Topics: HIPAA, Firmware