Author: Richard Bailey


What are the HIPAA Compliant Online Data Backup and Retention Requirements?

Richard Bailey September 24, 2019 by under HIPAA Disaster Recovery 0 Comments

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and its subsequent amendments were enacted into law to protect patient healthcare data, also known as Protected Health Information (PHI); HIPAA protections also apply to Electronic Health Records (EHR) – PHI stored on computers. Managed service providers who maintain HIPAA compliance must adhere to several stringent regulations which are designed to limit the exposure of confidential or sensitive patient information from unauthorized access.

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Data Breaches Caused by Misconfigured Servers Within a Healthcare Environment

Richard Bailey September 2, 2019 by under HIPAA Data Centers 0 Comments

Considering high-profile data breaches in the past decade, data security has become a critically important issue within organizations which handle user data online. Particularly for healthcare professionals, protecting confidential and sensitive information is a significant compliance requirement. The mass media is flooded with news headlines and articles about the latest organization to be hit with a large-scale data breach: all-too-familiar stories about the theft of an abundance of personally identifiable information, the negligence of the officials guilty of inadequately securing that data, and the actions to be taken by the victims.

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Pros and Cons of Onsite and Offsite Data Storage

When designing and implementing IT systems, choosing where to store your business-critical healthcare data is an important decision. There are typically three storage design concepts used in enterprise-grade storage solutions: onsite storage, offsite storage, and hybrid storage. Each approach has its own advantages and disadvantages, so it’s essential to choose a design concept that applies to your requirements. Below, we will explain each approach and its pros and cons.

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