A hosting service provider may tend to focus more on standardized packages or on its ability to customize and provide highly specialized service on a case-by-case basis. When a provider is known for its central attention to customization and creating unique systems to meet the challenges of organizations one at a time, they will often have to find ways to problem-solve sophisticated technical issues of their clients.
As healthcare workers on the front lines put themselves at risk each day, more hospitals and healthcare systems are turning to telehealth services to keep workers safe.
In many cases, telehealth technology can keep patients out of hospitals, urgent care facilities, and doctors’ offices by providing timely diagnoses and access to medical care. This limits the spread of a contagious disease like COVID-19 by keeping patients safe at home.
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:
With the exponential growth of uptake of healthcare cloud services, the healthcare cloud computing business sector is growing significantly in kind. Some conservative estimates suggest that the industry could be worth over $40 billion by 2026, and back in 2014, Forbes suggested that 82% of healthcare companies had a cloud presence, a figure that has no doubt increased since.
The global pandemic Covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2) has wreaked havoc around the world for the first half of 2020. The virus’s huge impact on the US Healthcare industry has overloaded physicians, doctors, and other hospital staff who have been caring for the sick or helping keep the hospital lights on 24×7. Non-frontline healthcare workers have been forced to work from home, small clinics have closed, and non-critical patient operations have been canceled.
HIPAA compliance is compliance with the requirements of HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) and is regulated by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). To help you understand the core concepts of compliance, we have created this guide as an introductory reference on the concepts of HIPAA compliance and HIPAA compliant hosting.
Over the last decade, the number of employees working from home has steadily increased. Estimates suggest that 1 in 10 US citizens had regularly worked from home up to 2019. Understandably, since the outbreak of Covid-19 in the first half of 2020, this figure has grown exponentially, a trend that is likely to continue for the foreseeable future.
If you’re a HIPAA developer, healthcare is a tricky field because there is an additional layer of concern beyond what is needed for the typical website: federal compliance. You need to meet the regulations mandated both by HIPAA and by HITECH.
While achieving HIPAA-compliant status has always been a significant accomplishment for cloud hosting providers, organizations that process electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI) for the purposes of business continuity and disaster recovery recently had two major constraints added on top of HIPAA compliance requirements.
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