HIPAA Compliant Hosting

Why Personal Injury Lawyers Need HIPAA Hosting

Kent Roberts February 1, 2018 by under HIPAA Compliant Hosting 0 Comments

Attorneys are very familiar with the notion of having to keep information private and abide by the law. Still, even experienced attorneys might not be familiar with all of the specific details of HIPAA compliance, which means following all the guidelines established in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.

Depending on the focus of a law firm, HIPAA compliance may only be an important concern in a small number of cases, since protected health information (PHI) is strictly defined. However, when PHI is involved, as is typically true of personal injury cases, staying compliant protects a firm’s finances and reputation.

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HIPAA Ignorance Is Not Always Bliss – Why You Need to Understand HIPAA

Adnan Raja January 22, 2018 by under HIPAA Compliant Hosting 0 Comments

Written by Orlee Berlove, Director of Marketing at OnPage

American law has the well-known doctrine that ignorance of the law is no excuse. Simply put, a person who is unaware of the law may not escape liability. For HIPAA, this means that even if a hospital is unaware of HIPAA’s requirements on a subject, the entity can still be liable for violating HIPAA statutes.

At the same time, lacking knowledge of HIPAA can cause practitioners as much hassle as ignorance could. Not knowing what HIPAA allows can lead to bizarre and painful demands as well of employees. For all involved, HIPAA ignorance is not bliss.

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Hybrid Hosting – One Size Does Not Fit All

Kent Roberts January 17, 2018 by under HIPAA Compliant Hosting 0 Comments

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.

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HIPAA vs. HIPPA

Kent Roberts December 13, 2017 by under HIPAA Compliant Hosting 0 Comments

HIPPA compliance? No, HIPAA compliance.

HIPAA is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. HIPPA is simply a typo. Probably in part because English would typically put two Ps together in the middle of a word (think oppose or appear), HIPAA is often wrongly spelled as HIPPA. It really is extremely difficult to remember how to spell HIPAA, and it is certainly easy to write the acronym incorrectly if you are moving quickly. This article explores topics related to the misspelled form HIPPA, partially as entertainment. It concludes with a brief outline of HIPAA and the Security Rule, more serious considerations.

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What is ISO 27001 Compliance as it Relates to Cloud or Dedicated Hosting?

Kent Roberts December 11, 2017 by under HIPAA Compliant Hosting 0 Comments

The year was 1946. Experts from 25 nations convened in London to talk about the breathtakingly pragmatic topic of international standardization. Professionals from myriad fields were getting together to figure out how a common language of quality control, related to how products were manufactured and services provided, could be spoken across continents with ease.

Many people yawn when the topic of compliance is introduced (due to its often dense technicality, its obsessive exactitude related to clarity of specifications, its perception as a snooze-worthy topic, its connection to federal regulations, etc.). Because many view compliance with boredom or indifference, it may be seen as unimportant, but we’re going to take a moment to appreciate how helpful compliance is.

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Improve HIPAA Compliance with Secure Messaging

Adnan Raja November 7, 2017 by under HIPAA Compliant Hosting 0 Comments

When Congress enacted the Final Omnibus Rule in 2013, many healthcare organizations, doctors and administrators became concerned about how they and their entities would maintain HIPAA compliance. As these individuals soon found out, HIPAA compliance was difficult to implement and maintain. The biggest challenges administrators faced was understanding what HIPAA-compliance meant and realizing what they needed to change in their day-to-day workflow in general and communications, in particular.

The goal of this blog is to bring some clarity to the issues that have arisen around HIPAA compliance for healthcare institutions as well as to highlight how the adoption of secure messaging solutions can improve compliance.

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Content Delivery Networks – What They Are and Why They’re Powerful

One of the most important factors impacting web performance has nothing to do with the technology itself, but where it sits on the planet. Greater physical distance between a server and client (the user) can slow down the rate and reliability of even the most performant service. Content delivery networks (CDNs), seek to solve this issue by getting the servers closer to the site visitors, customizing the delivery to suit individualized worldwide position. A content delivery network is a vast collection of cache servers that leverage geolocation to determine where a website’s content is delivered from.

Reducing latency is one of the most important reasons that content delivery networks are used. The closer the data is to the end-user, the faster it can be sent to them. For services that depend on real-time, continuous data on a global scale, CDNs are critical.

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Can You Learn HIPAA Compliance in 5 Minutes?

With anything that’s complex and multi-faceted, it is not always easy to explain it to others. Oddly enough, it sometimes seems especially difficult to convey ideas when we are highly trained in the subject. We start to take the broader, basic-to-intermediate knowledge we have for granted, glossing over it as we focus at a higher level. Conversely, when we are learning about something new, it helps when we can get simplified, “boiled-down” essentials without any unnecessary legal jargon or other distractions. Well, here is an attempt to get to the essence, a Quick-Start Guide of sorts for HIPAA compliance that should only take you another 270 seconds or so to read. Forgive the lack of transitions from here forward – nuts and bolts only!

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Finding HIPAA Hosting Solutions as a Small Business Owner

Operating within the healthcare industry can be challenging. There are many moving parts that must be accounted for, whether you’re a new startup firm or a large network of hospitals. When most small business owners are looking for hosting solutions, the only concerns are cost and the capability of the hardware to meet the needs of a website. The options are endless when it comes to finding simple hosting. When it comes to firms in the medical sector, there are special considerations to be had.

Your hosting options are significantly narrowed when looking for HIPAA-compliant hosting. Small business owners working in healthcare must seek out hosting companies that specialize in HIPAA compliance. Relatively speaking, few hosting companies can provide this service because of what it entails. Powerful hardware is just one part of the equation. There must also be a long list of security measures put in place to protect sensitive data. This strict set of regulations is the reason why you can’t trust your hosting with just anyone. It’s also why many hosting companies can’t offer this service and why trying to establish local infrastructure to handle these duties isn’t the best option. Part 2 of this document released by the SANS Institute delineates what is required at the local level to remain compliant with HIPAA regulations.  Maintaining HIPAA compliance at the hardware level is cost-prohibitive for most firms and a host is required.

Finding a hosting provider that can meet your organization’s needs can seem daunting, but there are a number of things to be aware of when seeking out a HIPAA-compliant hosting solution. Here are some general guidelines to keep in mind when looking for the right hosting solution for your business.

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