HIPAA Compliant Hosting

Montréal-Based Company Seeks HIPAA Compliant Hosting Solution with BAA

Sam Guiliano January 20, 2015 by under HIPAA Compliant Hosting 0 Comments

This article explores HIPAA compliance as follows:

  • Must Canadian Firms Comply?
  • 2015 Prediction from OCR Attorney
  • Conversation with Montréal Company
  • Finding Worry-Free Partners

Must Canadian Firms Comply?

Many healthcare businesses operating in the United States are actually based in other countries, and there is often confusion about the extent to which those companies must meet HIPAA law. There are no exceptions: any business that processes, stores, or transfers protected health information (PHI) must follow the privacy, security, and breach notification rules described in Title II of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, regardless where they are headquartered.

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HIPAA Hosting for SQL DB

Adnan Raja January 13, 2015 by under HIPAA Compliant Hosting 0 Comments

This article looks at recent high-profile HIPAA violations and a discussion about a hosting solution for a Windows SQL database:

  • Major Violations in Hollywood & the New Year
  • Real-World Scenario – HIPAA Consultation
  • How AssistRX Meets its Compliance Needs

Major Violations in Hollywood & the New Year

HIPAA was recently in the news when it was discovered that some of the data compromised by the Guardians of Peace hackers who infiltrated Sony Pictures was protected health information (PHI). Becker’s Health IT & CIO Review noted that the PHI that was accessed “[included] claim appeals submitted to Sony such as diagnosis and disability codes, health plan member IDs, and any health or medical information provided outside of Sony’s health plans.”

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HIPAA Lawsuit: $1.4 Million Walgreens Love Triangle

Sam Guiliano December 6, 2014 by under HIPAA Compliant Hosting 0 Comments

This piece argues for independently audited self-encrypting HIPAA storage as a service for healthcare companies. We review it within the broad enforcement and liability context, proceeding as follows:

  • Data Privacy Monitor: Surge of fines expected this year
  • Indianapolis Star: $1.4 million Walgreens love triangle
  • Analysis: Case places further pressure on the industry
  • Defense: Walgreens perspective & vicarious liability
  • In it together: Business associates post-Omnibus

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HIPPA Compliant Hosting for Hospitals & ASP’s – Part 2

Sam Guiliano November 8, 2014 by under HIPAA Compliant Hosting 0 Comments

<<< Part 1: Avoid the Wall of Shame & Stay Within Budget

DIY HIPAA compliance strategy #1 – protect PHI

You have to make sure that none of the EMR undergoes loss or theft, or is otherwise available to illegitimate third parties. Per Bendix in his August Medical Economics report, mobile computing generally represents the most significant risk for providers because it’s simple for a thief to grab a portable device and abscond with the patient data. That applies to laptops just as it does to thumb drives: the vulnerable characteristic is that they are “easily picked up and carried,” says Tennant of the MGMA-ACMPE.

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