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To file a complaint for violation of your rights under HITECH or HIPAA, visit the Dept. of Health & Human Services website.
Otava’s white paper on HIPAA Compliance for cloud services is ideal for executives and IT decision-makers seeking a primer as well as up-to-date information regarding HIPAA compliance best practices and specific technology recommendations, including cloud-based HIPAA compliant hosting options.
HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, sets the standard for protecting sensitive patient data. Any company that deals with protected health information (PHI) must ensure that all the required physical, network, and process security measures are in place and followed.
This includes covered entities (CE), anyone who provides treatment, payment and operations in healthcare, and business associates (BA), anyone with access to patient information and provides support in treatment, payment or operations. Subcontractors, or business associates of business associates, must also be in compliance.
The HIPAA Privacy Rule addresses the saving, accessing and sharing of medical and personal information of any individual, while the HIPAA Security Rule more specifically outlines national security standards to protect health data created, received, maintained or transmitted electronically, also known as electronic protected health information (ePHI).
If you are hosting your data with a HIPAA compliant hosting provider, they must have certain administrative, physical and technical safeguards in place, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The physical and technical safeguards are most relevant to services provided by your HIPAA compliant host as listed below, with detail on what a HIPAA compliant data center is.
A supplemental act was passed in 2009 called The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act which supports the enforcement of HIPAA requirements by raising the penalties of health organizations that violate HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules. The HITECH Act was formed in response to health technology development and increased use, storage and transmittal of electronic health information.
HIPAA compliance requirements continue to evolve and change, which is why it is important to stay up-to-date on all compliances, or partner with a Cloud Service Provider that bakes compliance into all of their solutions, like Otava. HIPAA requirements have progressively gotten stricter to more tightly protect sensitive and personal data handled in the healthcare industry. For this reason, navigating the hurdles to keep in compliance can often be a challenge.
If your business operates in healthcare or a related industry, chances are you will have to adhere to HIPAA compliance. HIPAA was established to give guidance and set expectations for businesses on how they can care for the privacy and protection of patient’s data. Without it, sensitive date could more easily be destroyed, or worse, fall into the wrong hands.
Ready to proceed with HIPAA compliant cloud hosting services? Otava can help. Our experts are trained in HIPAA compliant processes, policies and procedures to ensure that when your data is in our cloud, it remains in accordance with federal law. Contact us to chat with someone now and learn more about what HIPPA compliance is and how it affects your business. We’ll be your trusted advisors to ensure you ace every audit.
Resources: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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