07-24-13 | Blog Post

How the HIPAA Cloud Protects PHI for Physician Software as a Service (SaaS)

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How does the HIPAA compliant cloud support and enable progression of health IT and patient care? By creating a high availability, reliable data and application hosting infrastructure that’s secure enough to meet healthcare industry data security compliance regulations, like the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), of course.

For healthcare software as a service (SaaS) companies, this means they can host their application in a HIPAA compliant data center without worries about maintaining the physical, technical and administrative safeguard requirements. One example is Physicians Global Network, an organization that supports an online referral system allowing physicians to refer patients to other specialists using health information exchange. The system also notifies patients and specialist of referrals and appointments by either text or email alert, and streamlines data on one centralized platform.

As with any data-sharing, security is paramount to keeping sensitive patient data confidential. Working with a transparent cloud service provider can help foster a culture of security by allowing organizations insight into their cloud infrastructure with maintenance updates and consistent communication about any changes affecting their server environment.

To learn more about the Physicans Global Network and Online Tech’s HIPAA cloud solution for healthcare, watch the video below and read our latest press release, Physicians Global Network Builds Professional Physician Referral Network.

HIPAA Compliant Hosting White PaperFor more about HIPAA security, read our HIPAA Compliant Hosting white paper.

This white paper explores the impact of HITECH and HIPAA on data centers. It includes a description of a HIPAA compliant data center IT architecture, contractual requirements, benefits and risks of data center outsourcing, and vendor selection criteria.

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