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The HIPAA Compliant Cloud: An Introductory Report

Compliance

More and more healthcare companies are evaluating the cloud as a possible environment for data processing and storage. As more investment has been pumped into the cloud industry, systems have become substantially more robust and complex. However, federal law dictates that providers, health plans, and health data clearinghouses must keep all “protected health information” (PHI) secure and confidential – and the role of technology providers is critical.

“The HIPAA Omnibus Rule had several changes in how CEs and business associates could handle patient data,” explains Elizabeth Snell of HealthIT Security, “and what the ramifications will be if that data is compromised in a data breach.”

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The Challenge and Promise of Big Data

Big Data

As the Internet has grown, so has the amount of data and the extent to which data is valued – most notably by the government and publicly traded companies, although even small businesses appreciate the insights they collect from Google Analytics and similar services. Stockpiling and scrutinizing data is considered an extraordinarily powerful way to deliver better products; understand how people use websites and applications; track employee performance; determine the most effective marketing language; and more.

According to projections released by International Data Corporation, the big data market will maintain a CAGR of 26% through 2018, when sales of big data services will hit $42 billion.

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10 Nuggets from the 2015 Cloud Computing Stats

Cloud Technology

 

  • Power: Supercomputers & Leapfrogging
  • Statistical Nugget #1 – Cisco
  • Statistical Nugget #2 – Centaur Partners
  • Statistical Nugget #3 – Computerworld
  • Statistical Nugget #4 – Forrester
  • Statistical Nugget #5 – Forrester
  • Statistical Nugget #6 – Goldman Sachs
  • Statistical Nugget #7 – Network World
  • Statistical Nugget #8 – IDC
  • Statistical Nugget #9 – IDC
  • Statistical Nugget #10 – IDC
  • Cloud from a Proven Provider, Not a Startup

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Sharp Focus on HIPAA: Breach Notification Rule

Cyber Security

Hacking news at the top of 2015 is driving the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) into the limelight. The news – that the second largest insurer in the United States, Anthem, was breached, resulting in the compromise of 78.8 million patient records – makes the HIPAA breach notification rule more relevant.

Many are aware that the Final Omnibus Rule of 2013 modified the law so that business associates are now effectively considered covered entities, but how does that designation apply to notifications? In other words, what does anyone who handles sensitive protected health information (PHI) have to do post-hack in terms of alerting clients, the press, and the HHS?

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Building the Tax Cloud

Accountant

It’s unseen, but it’s changing our lives. We can watch movies from any location and fill our smart phones with applications that offer data accessible “in real time” because of the high speed and low cost of cloud technology.

However, the accounting world has often not made full use of cloud, unaware of innovations in public cloud security and the emergence of the hybrid model, which allows companies to integrate public and private components. Four out of 10 (41%) accountants reported in a 2014 Network Management Group poll that they were not using any cloud services, while 3 in 10 (32%) said that they were converting at least one of their applications to cloud by 2016.

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State of the Legal Cloud – Overview & Highlights

Cloud Computing

NOTE: To read our previous piece regarding tips for lawyers migrating to the cloud, please click HERE.

The American Bar Association focuses heavily on technology, with its Legal Technology Resource Center (LTRC) releasing the ABA TechReport every year.

Technology author Dennis Kennedy wrote a report on cloud computing for the 2014 edition, revealing incredible growth in the legal cloud over the next 6-12 months:  35% of non-cloud firms expect to use web-based apps or deploy the ultra-reliable, supercomputer-trumping virtual machines themselves for the first time.

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Cloud Migration Tips for Attorneys

Lawyer

  • ABA: Many Lawyers Migrating to Cloud
  • Why the Legal Cloud Trend?
  • Migration Checklist
  • Partnering with Experts

ABA: Many Lawyers Migrating to Cloud

The 2014 Legal Technology Survey Report from the American Bar Association (ABA) revealed that attorneys are rapidly migrating to the cloud in 2015. Although only 30% of respondents said that they were currently using cloud, 35% of non-cloud firms reported that they were planning a cloud transition within 6 to 12 months.

Recognizing how prevalent cloud technology is becoming in the legal profession, the ABA’s Legal Technology Resource Center (LTRC) released a list of migration advice through its Law Technology Today blog.

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An Accountant Shares Six Thoughts on SSAE 16

Tax Accounting, CPA

  • What is SSAE 16?
  • Understanding the Role of the AICPA
  • Six Thoughts on SSAE 16
  • Standardize Your Systems with SSAE 16

What is SSAE 16?

Often organizations will be audited to show their voluntary compliance with the Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements 16 (SSAE 16). SSAE 16 is a set of guidelines established by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) to describe the manner in which a service provider properly reports on financial controls.

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GE Says its New Apps are “North of 90%” Public Cloud

Cloud Hosting

General Electric’s head of IT told InfoWorld editor Eric Knorr in October that the company was moving aggressively toward the public cloud, with 90% of new systems built within that environment and moving to 100% public cloud over the next 15 years:

  • Why General Electric’s Announcement is Important
  • General Electric’s Vision – Beyond Hybrid
  • Tomorrow vs. 15 Years
  • Big Data and the Massive Scale of GE
  • Total Cost of Ownership

Why General Electric’s Announcement is Important

Although the incredible investments into cloud infrastructures – most prominently Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and IBM – have brought increasing attention to the public cloud, the technology often gets little respect. Many firms still don’t trust the multi-tenant environments of cloud service providers, at least not with their most sensitive applications.

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Montréal-Based Company Seeks HIPAA Compliant Hosting Solution with BAA

HIPAA Compliance

This article explores HIPAA compliance as follows:

  • Must Canadian Firms Comply?
  • 2015 Prediction from OCR Attorney
  • Conversation with Montréal Company
  • Finding Worry-Free Partners

Must Canadian Firms Comply?

Many healthcare businesses operating in the United States are actually based in other countries, and there is often confusion about the extent to which those companies must meet HIPAA law. There are no exceptions: any business that processes, stores, or transfers protected health information (PHI) must follow the privacy, security, and breach notification rules described in Title II of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, regardless where they are headquartered.

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