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.