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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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Managed Hosting Solutions for Global Membership Organizations

Global membership associations must find ways to strategically operate their infrastructure and provide services. Often, such strategic operation involves managed hosting. Managed hosting can be understood in contrast to unmanaged hosting. It can also be understood as one of the various services provided through a host’s role as a managed services provider (MSP). By looking at other core services provided by MSPs, we also get a sense of the services that are often included in managed hosting environments.

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Windows Server 2019 Datacenter Now Available!

Adnan Raja December 21, 2018 by under Announcements 0 Comments

We are pleased to announce the release of Windows Server 2019 Datacenter Cloud Server operating system for use in our Public Cloud.

Although this is a major release for Windows Server, Microsoft has kept the user interface and administration largely the same as Windows Server

2016 Datacenter. This will allow users to dive right into using Windows Server 2019 without a learning curve.

New features in Windows Server 2019

Some of the new features that have been introduced in Windows Server 2019 include:

System Insights:

This new feature provides insights into the functioning of your server and helps predict issues that may occur. This feature is designed to help cut down on reactive maintenance costs.

Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP):

ATP exposes memory and kernel level attacks and responds by suppressing malicious files and terminating malicious processes to help keep your system protected.

Storage Migration Service:

Storage Migration Service makes it easier to migrate servers to a newer version of Windows Server. It provides a graphical tool that inventories, transfers, and configures data from old servers on to newer servers. It can optionally move the identities/users of the old servers to the new servers, so that the applications and users don’t have to change anything.

Heterogenous Containers:

This feature makes it possible to run Windows and Linux-based containers on the same Windows Server host using the same docker daemon.

Windows Time Service:

Windows Time Service provides provide more precise and frequent time syncing than the previous versions of Windows Server.

Login to provision 2019 Windows server in less than 30 seconds!


Top 10 Considerations for HIPAA-Compliant File Transfer

While HIPAA law is broad, at its core is the Security Rule, the full name for which is the Security Standards for the Protection of Electronic Protected Health Information. The Security Rule applies the rights that are conveyed by the Privacy Rule – i.e., the Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information – within digital environments. In order to achieve this aim, the Security Rule requires administrative, physical, and technical safeguards. These three categories of defenses are critical to ensuring HIPAA-compliant file transfer. Specific elements of these types of Security Rule protections include these ten key healthcare file transfer considerations:

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Top 10 Considerations for a HIPAA-Compliant Website

Many organizations are unsure if they need to follow the rules in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). You need a compliant site if you are handling electronic protected health information (ePHI), which is personally identifiable data collected during the course of the provision of healthcare.

When you need a HIPAA-compliant website, here are key concerns that should guide your efforts:

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Top 10 Considerations for a HIPAA-Compliant Database

If you’ve been charged with implementing a HIPAA-compliant database and it’s your first time building a system that adheres to the healthcare law, you may feel overwhelmed and confused about where to start. The first step is to focus your efforts so you can move forward systematically in creating one. The below considerations will allow you to establish a database and protect it over time.

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HIPAA Compliance for Counseling & Coaching Services

While counseling and coaching services may seem to fall outside of the realm of traditional healthcare, they often fall squarely in the realm of mental health and are therefore subject to HIPAA requirements. Knowing whether these services fall under HIPAA regulations can be tricky, and it’s important to understand your responsibilities in protecting patient health information (PHI).

Below, we explore HIPAA compliance requirements for mental health services, such as coaching and counseling, and how you can ensure compliance.

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Microsoft OneDrive for Business or Google Drive for HIPAA Compliance?

File sharing is crucial to the ability to leverage the cloud and to safeguard files while controlling and sharing them. It also makes it possible for your personnel to be able to get to their files wherever they are.

For healthcare organizations looking to adopt a file sharing service, the most important consideration is to select a service that prioritizes the security that is necessary to deliver HIPAA compliance. Two of the prominent file sharing options for general storage are Microsoft OneDrive for Business and Google Drive. However, when using a third party to file sharing for your healthcare organization, it means that you are placing trust in a business associate to protect highly confidential and sensitive patient data – you need to be able to maintain HIPAA compliance.

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