Author: Derek Wiedenhoeft



Cloud & Managed Server Hosting for Healthcare Professionals

Important Healthcare Standards

Three critical standards or forms of compliance of concern to healthcare companies are HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), HITECH (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act) and SSAE 18 (Statements on Standards for Attestation Engagements No. 18), the update of SSAE 16.

Beyond finding hosting that is compliant with those standards, you also have to figure out the extent to which you want to include cloud in your architecture. How can you become compliant, and how should you approach decisions on cloud and server management?

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ECC Memory vs. Non-ECC Memory – Why It’s Critical for Financial and Medical Businesses

By: Kris Fieler

As businesses depend more on big data, the need to prevent data loss has never been more important. One of the most vital areas for this loss prevention is where data is temporarily stored, RAM.  ECC, or Error-Correcting Code, protects your system from potential crashes and inadvertent changes in data by automatically correcting data errors.  This is achieved with the addition of a ninth computer chip on the RAM board, which acts as an error check and correction for the other eight chips. While marginally more expensive than non-ECC RAM, the added protection it provides is critical as applications become more dependent on large amounts of data.

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Likelihood of a Memory Error

On any server with financial information or critical personal information, especially medical, any data loss or transcription error is unacceptable.  Memory errors can cause security vulnerabilities, crashes, transcription errors, lost transactions, and corrupted or lost data.

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Healthcare Hosting Checklist 2019: What is HIPAA Compliant Healthcare Hosting?

What should you look for in a good healthcare hosting provider? Healthcare hosting providers must comply with HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, which means they must protect and secure patient records. When you look at healthcare hosting providers, you want to know how HIPAA audit-ready the healthcare host is.

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HIPAA Compliance Guide – How to Comply with HIPAA

Overwhelmed with HIPAA compliance? You’re not alone. Compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is important to the covered entities and business associates that are expected by the federal government to follow the law.

However, the requirements of HIPAA and its regulatory agency, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), are not as rigid as they first may seem. We’ve detailed the broad concepts required to understand HIPAA or HIPAA compliant hosting in this article, which serves as a beginner’s HIPAA Compliance Guide.

Why HIPAA?

The healthcare privacy and security law was written to encompass the broad array of organizations for which it was intended. For that reason, the HHS website notes that “there is no single standardized program that could appropriately train employees of all entities.”[i]

Nonetheless, training is a requirement of HIPAA, so it’s necessary to find a strong beginner’s guide that can be used to train your employees on the essentials of compliance. Most of what is available online through the federal government is either aggregations of disparate pieces of information or sizable PDFs, such as the Guide to Privacy and Security of Electronic Health Information[ii] – created by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). The former is a bit disorganized. While the latter can be great as course material, its 60+ pages are overkill for the purpose of an initial overview.

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HIPAA Compliance E-book

Basics of HIPAA Compliance and HITECH

What exactly is HIPAA?

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 is a US law that was passed to safeguard data and keep it from getting into the wrong hands. HIPAA became law when President Bill Clinton signed it in August 1996. Whether you agree with the regulations of HIPAA compliance or not, well, they exist – and it can be expensive to your pocketbook and reputation to neglect them.

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Is It Possible to Protect PHI in the Cloud?

 Is It Possible to Protect PHI in the Cloud?

Protecting ePHI in the cloud

The number of organizations adopting virtualized environments continues to grow in many industries, including health care[I]. Virtualization enables network flexibility that most healthcare organizations could benefit from, but many are held back by a lack of clarity about what virtualization is, and how it relates to HIPAA cloud.

A virtual environment is one in which a software layer, called a “hypervisor,” has been added to a physical server.  An operating system can then be loaded onto the hypervisor layer to create a “virtual machine” (VM), which is a software-defined server, and as such can do some things not possible with physical, hardware-dependent servers.  The hypervisor layer can determine the precise size and location of the server VMs or “instances” loaded onto it since it provides separation from the physical limitations of each piece of hardware.  As we will explore below, this can benefit organizations through increased agility and automation.

HIPAA compliance can be particularly scary for organizations, due to the implications of a breach of security inherent in health care, the complexity of the regulations, and the severity of potential fines.  Timely access to medical information can be a matter of life and death, but ensuring that information is accessible, portable, and renewable only covers Title I of the Act.  Title II, covering health care fraud and abuse, along with the enforcement-strengthening HITECH Act[II], imposes security and privacy rules on health care providers and the companies that support them. Compliance failures can result in fines of up to $1.5 million[III], and data breaches, which are increasingly common in healthcare[IV], can be even more expensive, particularly when reputational harm is considered.

Fortunately, virtualized environments can not only be HIPAA-compliant quickly but can make compliance easier.

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Comparison: Amazon AWS vs. Atlantic.Net

 

Who you choose to be your Cloud provider is a critical decision that can affect the success of your business. Atlantic.Net offers great, affordable Cloud Hosting solutions (including HIPAA-compliant cloud hosting) for businesses of any size. We’re certain that after you see how we compare with Amazon AWS and the benefits we bring, like customized setup, hybrid solutions, and all-star support, that the decision will be clear.

 

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Encryption in the Atlantic.Net Cloud Platform

The Atlantic.Net Cloud Platform encrypts customer data stored at rest by default with no additional action required by the customer. This is accomplished through industry standardized encryption mechanisms.

Atlantic.Net believes encryption of customer’s data at rest shouldn’t be an optional feature and is now a requirement of all computing. That’s why our world-class encryption is implemented in a transparent manner, with no further need for configuration by the user.

Key Features
  • Data is automatically encrypted prior to being written to the disk.
  • Data is encrypted using Advanced Encryption Standard 256-bit (AES-256). This encryption standard is the only publicly accessible encryption cipher approved by the National Security Agency (NSA) for top secret information.
  • Each encryption key used to encrypt data is itself encrypted with a set of master keys.

Note: Encryption of data stored at rest is an important part of a broader data security strategy and
should not be considered the only mechanism for securing data.

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