Author: Kent Roberts

Predicting HIPAA Compliance Trends for 2018 and Beyond

Kent Roberts February 28, 2018 by under HIPAA Compliant Hosting 0 Comments

Health expenses add up to nearly one-fifth of the gross domestic product in the United States: at $3.2 trillion, this segment represents 18% of the GDP. The transition to digital environments could lead to total cost savings of $300 billion, particularly related to chronic conditions. By lowering cost, digitizing healthcare effectively makes it easier to deliver treatment, improve quality-of-life, and save lives. However, healthcare technology is also tricky because of the parameters of healthcare law, especially the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Health Information Technology and Clinical Health Act (HITECH).

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Physiology of Fear Driving Healthcare IT – or Is It Real?

Kent Roberts February 22, 2018 by under HIPAA Compliant Hosting 0 Comments

The healthcare cybersecurity market is expanding at an incredible rate. An April 2016 Grand View Research report projected that the scope of the industry would reach $10.85 billion by 2022. That may sound high, but it now looks like it was an underestimate: a February 2018 analysis released by Market Research Future predicts that health information technology (HIT) security will rise at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22% through 2022, ballooning from $4.8 billion to $15.82 billion.

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Why Personal Injury Lawyers Need HIPAA Hosting

Kent Roberts February 1, 2018 by under HIPAA Compliant Hosting 0 Comments

Attorneys are very familiar with the notion of having to keep information private and abide by the law. Still, even experienced attorneys might not be familiar with all of the specific details of HIPAA compliance, which means following all the guidelines established in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.

Depending on the focus of a law firm, HIPAA compliance may only be an important concern in a small number of cases, since protected health information (PHI) is strictly defined. However, when PHI is involved, as is typically true of personal injury cases, staying compliant protects a firm’s finances and reputation.

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HIPAA Compliant Cloud Storage with Encryption at Rest

The best HIPAA-compliant cloud storage is within an infrastructure that encrypts all at-rest data across-the-board, avoiding the costs of data breaches by meeting standards and proving adherence through third-party certifications.

Settlements for the violation of healthcare privacy and security laws outlined within the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) were at an all-time high in 2016. A total of $22.9 million was submitted to the HIPAA enforcement agency, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the federal Health and Human Services Department (HHS). The largest settlement ever under the HIPAA law, $5.55 million, was announced in August. There were 6 fines in 2016 that were $2.14 million or more. This trend continued in the new year, with a $5.5 million fine, nearly reaching the record settlement, announced in February 2017.

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Hybrid Hosting – One Size Does Not Fit All

Kent Roberts January 17, 2018 by under Managed Hosting 0 Comments

A hosting service provider may tend to focus more on standardized packages or on its ability to customize and provide highly specialized service on a case-by-case basis. When a provider is known for its central attention to customization and creating unique systems to meet the challenges of organizations one at a time, they will often have to find ways to problem-solve sophisticated technical issues of their clients.

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PCI Compliant Hosting Requirements: 12-Point Checklist

Kent Roberts January 1, 2018 by under PCI Hosting 0 Comments

The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council develops standards that outline the proper protection of data in today’s security climate. These specifications form the basis of PCI compliant hosting requirements. Compliance with the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is necessary for merchants and other entities that process payment cards, transmit that data, or store it.

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Kent Roberts December 13, 2017 by under HIPAA Compliant Hosting 0 Comments

HIPPA compliance? No, HIPAA compliance.

HIPAA is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. HIPPA is simply a typo. Probably in part because English would typically put two Ps together in the middle of a word (think oppose or appear), HIPAA is often wrongly spelled as HIPPA. It really is extremely difficult to remember how to spell HIPAA, and it is certainly easy to write the acronym incorrectly if you are moving quickly. This article explores topics related to the misspelled form HIPPA, partially as entertainment. It concludes with a brief outline of HIPAA and the Security Rule, more serious considerations.

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What is ISO 27001 Compliance as it Relates to Cloud or Dedicated Hosting?

Kent Roberts December 11, 2017 by under Managed Hosting 0 Comments

The year was 1946. Experts from 25 nations convened in London to talk about the breathtakingly pragmatic topic of international standardization. Professionals from myriad fields were getting together to figure out how a common language of quality control, related to how products were manufactured and services provided, could be spoken across continents with ease.

Many people yawn when the topic of compliance is introduced (due to its often dense technicality, its obsessive exactitude related to clarity of specifications, its perception as a snooze-worthy topic, its connection to federal regulations, etc.). Because many view compliance with boredom or indifference, it may be seen as unimportant, but we’re going to take a moment to appreciate how helpful compliance is.

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