Health Care IT

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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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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Beyond HIPAA: International Health Data Protection

Beyond HIPAA: International health data protection

Beyond HIPAA: International health data protection

Various organizations operating in the United States must comply with the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA), which has major ramifications for the protection of every US citizen’s healthcare data. Not all of the Act has widespread relevance, but a broad spectrum of healthcare organizations are subject to the Privacy Rule and Security Rule (as outlined by the US Department of Health & Human Services.

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Health Care IT – A Decision Makers Guide to Cloud Computing and Managed Server Hosting

Healthcare IT

Virtualization has created new possibilities and opportunities for the health care segment of technology. Health care IT Professionals specializing in virtualization technologies are now finding more attractive and lucrative opportunities, especially with the new Health Care Reform and health care IT initiatives introduced by the new Administration.
Virtualization is the technology behind cloud computing and it makes such a pool of network resources a genuine possibility.

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Electronic Medical Records Made Easy With Managed Hosting

Health Record

The complexity of our health care system has grown over the years making it more difficult for practitioners to stay informed about their patients health histories. Electronic Medical Records will help solve this problem. This method reduces the amount of paperwork involved in the process; while at the same time increasing access to these records by making them available electronically. EMR/EHR systems enable the practitioner to view a patient’s complete health event summary, historical reports and previous treatment records. This has resulted in an enormous gain in productivity in practices staffed with multiple physicians. The advantages are also evident in regard to patients with multiple aliments and in emergency medical situations.

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Impact of Healthcare on IT Industry – A Fresh Prospective from the HIMSS 9th Annual Conference

With the passage of Healthcare Reform by Congress, there is a lot of talk about healthcare in the IT business community.  Healthcare already accounts for about $2 trillion in federal spending each year; almost one out of every seven dollars spent in the U.S is related to healthcare.  It looks as if billions more will be funneled into the healthcare IT segment, thanks to the new federal initiatives that require health care providers to maintain medical records electronically.  This explains why almost every technology vendor out there is evaluating and exploring opportunities within the health care sector.

We sent Sam G. to the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Expo (HIMSS) in Atlanta, Georgia earlier this month to do some investigating.

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Atlantic.Net Completes SAS70 Data Center Compliance!

Operating sophisticated data centers requires expertise and proficiency in many areas surrounding maintenance, proper controls and checks and balances. Atlantic.Net has long been serving clients that require world class infrastructure with adequate security controls in place and recently announced our SAS 70 certification. SAS 70 compliance confirms reliability, security, availability and processing integrity of our core products which include Managed Server Hosting, Dedicated Servers, and Server Colocation.

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