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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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Data Breaches Caused by Misconfigured Servers Within a Healthcare Environment

Adnan Raja February 25, 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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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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How To Choose A Domain Name That Builds Trust

Guest Author: Rodney Brazil

While businesses use many online channels to engage customers, the company website is the most important of all. It serves as the home base for all online resources created by a brand. While business directories, social media, and interactive maps get a lot of attention these days, these important traffic sources all lead back to one place: your website.

While there are many factors to consider when structuring and maintaining a business website, one decision must be made early: the domain name.

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The Importance of Disaster Recovery In the Midst of a Natural Disaster

Kent Roberts January 15, 2019 by under HIPAA Disaster Recovery 0 Comments

You may see natural disasters on TV or read about them but not completely understand the vulnerability associated with this issue. Actually, the risk is almost throughout the industry.

More than half of organizations (58%) are not ready for a major loss of data. Actually, the extent to which firms are unprepared is very worrisome: 60% will go bankrupt within 6 months, according to data from Washington, DC-based research firm Clutch. Also according to the statistics compiled by Clutch, cloud backup is on the rise, with:

  • 84% of the organizations that have already adopted cloud backup having implemented both on-premises and cloud backups;
  • 68% of cloud backup business customers testing their backups at least once per month; and
  • 78% of small businesses planning to use cloud-hosted backup by 2020.

To set aside the specific technology of cloud backup, the need for disaster recovery is clear from the data on the business impact of large data losses. Since it is possible to have a disaster completely take you by surprise, and to in turn lose thousands or millions operationally and economically, it is a basic business need to have a disaster recovery plan implemented.

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How to Become HIPAA-Compliant: Our 10-Step Guide

Adnan Raja January 8, 2019 by under HIPAA Compliant Hosting 0 Comments

One of the problems with our increasingly technological world is that the speed at which our devices and services upgrade and make older versions obsolete can be dizzying. It feels like only an instant before the latest smartphone or flatscreen TV is being replaced with the bigger, better, faster model.

The same holds true in the world of hosting, data information, and server management. And while it can be tough to keep up for any type of business, it’s crucially important if your company is involved with health care IT and has to maintain HIPAA Compliance.

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