HIPAA Compliant Cloud Storage

Pros and Cons of Onsite and Offsite Data Storage

When designing and implementing IT systems, choosing where to store your business-critical healthcare data is an important decision. There are typically three storage design concepts used in enterprise-grade storage solutions: onsite storage, offsite storage, and hybrid storage. Each approach has its own advantages and disadvantages, so it’s essential to choose a design concept that applies to your requirements. Below, we will explain each approach and its pros and cons.

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Real World Case Study for HIPAA Storage and Sharing: Nextcloud & HIPAA Compliance

Every organization that handles the electronic protected health information (ePHI) of US citizens must be concerned with federal healthcare compliance: that is, abiding by the parameters established in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act of 2009 (HITECH). A central element of HIPAA federal law is the Security Rule, which mandates implementation of appropriate cybersecurity measures to protect digital health records.

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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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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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Is It Possible to Protect PHI in the Cloud?

 Is It Possible to Protect PHI in the Cloud?

Protecting ePHI in the cloud

The number of organizations adopting virtualized environments continues to grow in many industries, including health care[I]. Virtualization enables network flexibility that most healthcare organizations could benefit from, but many are held back by a lack of clarity about what virtualization is, and how it relates to HIPAA cloud.

A virtual environment is one in which a software layer, called a “hypervisor,” has been added to a physical server.  An operating system can then be loaded onto the hypervisor layer to create a “virtual machine” (VM), which is a software-defined server, and as such can do some things not possible with physical, hardware-dependent servers.  The hypervisor layer can determine the precise size and location of the server VMs or “instances” loaded onto it since it provides separation from the physical limitations of each piece of hardware.  As we will explore below, this can benefit organizations through increased agility and automation.

HIPAA compliance can be particularly scary for organizations, due to the implications of a breach of security inherent in health care, the complexity of the regulations, and the severity of potential fines.  Timely access to medical information can be a matter of life and death, but ensuring that information is accessible, portable, and renewable only covers Title I of the Act.  Title II, covering health care fraud and abuse, along with the enforcement-strengthening HITECH Act[II], imposes security and privacy rules on health care providers and the companies that support them. Compliance failures can result in fines of up to $1.5 million[III], and data breaches, which are increasingly common in healthcare[IV], can be even more expensive, particularly when reputational harm is considered.

Fortunately, virtualized environments can not only be HIPAA-compliant quickly but can make compliance easier.

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How Secure is the Cloud?

Organizations migrating to a new IT environment, such as the Cloud, should always give serious consideration to the security of that environment. But how secure is the Cloud? If you don’t know exactly what piece of hardware your private data is found on at a given time, how do you know it is secure?

For those relatively new to Cloud, the first thing to be aware of is that while some of the tools and methods used to secure a network and data in the Cloud are different, the basic principles are the same as for any other environment. The next thing to know is that because the Cloud runs in data centers staffed by experts in Cloud services, data stored in the Cloud is “probably more secure than conventionally stored data,” according to Quentin Hardy, former Deputy Technology Editor of the New York Times[i].

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Secure Block Storage (SBS) 50 GB Free for One Year!

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Secure Block Storage – Easy to use, highly redundant, available, scalable, and secure additional storage.

We are excited to announce the release of Secure Block Storage, enabling you to easily attach additional storage to your cloud servers to scale workloads more easily.  Designed for 99.999% availability, SBS volumes are automatically replicated multiple times to protect your data from component failure. With SBS, storage can be increased on-the-fly and moved between your Cloud Servers within the same region. Additionally, SBS volumes are automatically encrypted at rest and connected to your Cloud Servers over an isolated storage network to ensure a secure environment for your data.  To help you get started using SBS, we are offering 50 GB of SBS free through June 14, 2019, for existing customers and one year from the date of signup for new customers. You can increase the space of SBS volumes for an additional 7.9 cents per GB per month.

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Encryption in the Atlantic.Net Cloud Platform

The Atlantic.Net Cloud Platform encrypts customer data stored at rest by default with no additional action required by the customer. This is accomplished through industry standardized encryption mechanisms.

Atlantic.Net believes encryption of customer’s data at rest shouldn’t be an optional feature and is now a requirement of all computing. That’s why our world-class encryption is implemented in a transparent manner, with no further need for configuration by the user.

Key Features
  • Data is automatically encrypted prior to being written to the disk.
  • Data is encrypted using Advanced Encryption Standard 256-bit (AES-256). This encryption standard is the only publicly accessible encryption cipher approved by the National Security Agency (NSA) for top secret information.
  • Each encryption key used to encrypt data is itself encrypted with a set of master keys.

Note: Encryption of data stored at rest is an important part of a broader data security strategy and
should not be considered the only mechanism for securing data.

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