03-26-13 | Blog Post

Interview: HIPAA Rules Effective Starting Today – Is Your HIPAA Hosting Provider Prepared?

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OT HIPAA Feature - The WHIRThe Web Host Industry Review (WHIR) recently featured a Q&A with Online Tech’s Director of Healthcare Vertical discussing the recent regulations that take effect today, March 26. The new HIPAA rules affect HIPAA hosting providers, as they are considered business associates of healthcare organizations that deal with protected health information (PHI).

The final HIPAA omnibus rule extends the liability and consequences of a data breach further down the chain-of-trust, widening the scope to include not only hosting providers, but their subcontractors as well. April explains how hosting providers that choose to reassess their security framework and restructure the design of their controls according to the OCR (Office for Civil Rights) Audit Protocol can better comply with the new HIPAA regulations.

The OCR Audit Protocol is the result of a year of pilot testing by the government to do fieldwork in order to better understand the state of compliance in the industry and how to clarify the guidelines set forth by HIPAA. This list of standards and testing procedures guide auditors when scrutinizing hosting providers and covered entities for compliance with HIPAA. Any organization that wants to minimize risk of a data breach should be audited against the latest federal standards.

April also discusses the regulations as they relate to Online Tech’s existing HIPAA compliant hosting services, including changes for colocation and private cloud clients.

Read the full interview with the WHIR. Additionally, check out these resources to learn more about how the new HIPAA rules change the game for hosting providers:

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