How can you take advantage of the incredible power of cloud hosting while still meeting HIPAA data storage requirements at all times?
The best way currently available to store your medical files and share them between various parties is with HIPAA compliant cloud storage. Various cloud apps are designed for filesharing (examples include Box, Dropbox, and Google Drive), which also allows you to back up the files and synchronize data between various devices. However, general technological solutions are not designed for the special case of healthcare – in particular with regard to encryption.
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Those who follow Healthcare IT news will often see stories about large HIPAA settlements by the US Department of Health & Human Services, such as the $4.8 million HIPAA fines against Columbia University and New York Presbyterian Hospital in early 2014. No situation is the same, and not all settlements will be as severe as that one. In the Columbia University case, PHI was actually posted to the public Internet, with patient files accessible directly through search engines.
If you are active in US healthcare, you probably know that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) safeguards protected health information, a.k.a. PHI. What is protected health information exactly?
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Protected Health Information Definition
What is PHI? The reason that the concept of protected health information (PHI) exists is really to clarify the parameters of HIPAA. It delineates the specific type of data that is protected by the law.
Remote desktop protocol (RDP) can be made HIPAA compliant with the help of a HIPAA-compliant hosting company. Healthcare security and HIPAA compliance are points of focus for us at Atlantic.Net. Here is a sample chat we had with a prospective client interested in setting up nationwide access to a compliant system via remote desktop protocol (RDP).
Dell strategist Jim Stikeleather has argued that big data projects should tell a story. He said that by thinking in a similar manner to journalists, data scientists can more deliberately and captivatingly frame and communicate the information and filters they want to explore.
Storytelling can assist with understanding of any situation, particularly technology – which often can seem obtuse, boring, and inhuman. Obviously, people breathe life into technological situations – as when stories are told of people problem-solving using the tools of the technological era.
Why is Cloud Computing Worth the Effort for Regulated Companies?
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The businesses that run into the most difficulties when transitioning to cloud computing solutions are those that are strictly regulated, such as finance and healthcare. What are the challenges? How can they be overcome? And why is the effort worth it?
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.”
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?
How much do we want data to flow? It’s a more confusing question than you might think. The third platform of computing (the realm computer cloud hosting) has made it possible for us to integrate systems and process data from multiple devices seamlessly in real-time. In many ways, that scenario is wholly positive. In others, it is cause for concern.
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.