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We provide a secure and affordable HIPAA cloud compliant hosting environment that only you can access; you’ll have access to all the benefits of cloud hosting with none of the risks. Our HIPAA Cloud Hosting has been audited and certified by an independent third party against the HIPAA Security Rule for HIPAA compliance.
Can cloud hosting be HIPAA-compliant? You could be forgiven for thinking the cloud isn’t secure enough for healthcare - there’s plenty of paranoia about the safety of cloud hosting, after all. You needn’t worry, though. We’ll provide your healthcare firm with an ultra-secure private cloud that only you can access; you’ll have access to all the benefits of cloud hosting with none of the risks. Read more in What is HIPAA Cloud Hosting?
We’ve taken the following security measures to make sure our HIPAA compliant cloud hosting is as ironclad as possible:
Beyond security, we understand that healthcare organizations desire quick, efficient, and effective support. We’re more than up to the task of providing just that. All Atlantic.Net clients have access to 24/7 phone and email support.
This page was updated on May 12, 2020.
While this is not meant to be a comprehensive list, a HIPAA-compliant cloud hosting environment and the hosting company should offer the following core features. Below we list those features and go into greater detail about how Atlantic.Net fulfills the requirements for HIPAA-compliant cloud hosting.
In addition to managed/unmanaged dedicated servers, we offer virtualization hosting solutions with Hyper-V Private Virtualization Hosting – Microsoft Hyper-V.
Atlantic.Net is a leader in HIPAA-Compliant Hosting. With plans tailored to fit your needs and dedicated round-the-clock support staff, we are ready to help you implement HIPAA. We have both traditional HIPAA Dedicated Server Hosting plans and also Managed Cloud HIPAA solutions. Our Atlantic.Net Managed Firewall and IPS (Intrusion Prevention Service) come included, along with daily backups and 24/7 monitoring.
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Businesses that handle sensitive data requiring regulatory compliance often have computing needs which make them ideal candidates to benefit from the cloud. Medical practitioners covered under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA ) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act must have confidence in the availability and security of their IT systems not just because they are required to by law, but because their delivery of critical services depends on it.
In previously discussing private cloud and public cloud hosting solutions and services, we defined cloud computing roughly as the use and storage of data and programs over the internet, enabled by virtualization, as a scalable and elastic service. Atlantic.Net’s HIPAA Compliant Cloud Hosting offering is an environment specifically engineered for HIPAA compliance within the Atlantic.Net Public or Private Cloud. It provides secure and compliant IT system access to internal, remote, and mobile employees to allow them to concentrate on delivery of services.
HIPAA compliance is based on satisfying a set of requirements, including the Privacy Rule, the Breach Notification Rule, and the Security Rule. Healthcare companies will also be concerned with the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, which regulates the electronic transmission of health information. HIPAA compliance failures can result in jail time, and more frequently, result in fines of thousands or even millions of dollars for a covered entity (CE), such as a health care provider, health plan, or health data clearinghouse. What makes a solution HIPAA compliant is a series of plans, measures, and commitments underpinned by enhanced security features and services.
HIPAA compliant hosting requires that a set of data security standards and capabilities be met, but does not specify certain technical means to meeting them. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, provisions in a Service Level Agreement (SLA) between a covered entity and a HIPAA-compliant cloud provider may address HIPAA concerns, including: system availability and reliability, back-up and data recovery, how data will be returned to the customer after the services are terminated, security responsibility, and limitations of data use, data retention, and disclosure.
The main security features of Atlantic.Net HIPAA Cloud are its fully managed firewall solutions and advanced intrusion prevention service (IPS). An IPS provides real-time threat monitoring, based on a continually-revised threat database, which is used to identify threats within the system based on their patterns or “signatures.” The firewall controls and protects access to the perimeter of the cloud and tracks a variety of metrics, such as the response rate for network gateways. Network security professionals take care of the monitoring, updating, and other tasks necessary to the firewall and IPS's management, removing a significant source of potential risk, frustration, and man-hours from healthcare organizations who engage our HIPAA compliant hosting services.
In addition to our fully managed firewall and IPS, Atlantic.Net also includes fully-encrypted Virtual Private Network (VPN) access to all of a business’ hosted servers. This helps satisfy the requirement that all data transmitted to a server with Protected Health Information (PHI) is sent over a secure and encrypted network.
While Atlantic.Net manages the firewall and other elements that combine to provide HIPAA compliance, customers can choose to manage their own host servers, and retain full visibility into their system or have Atlantic.Net’s expert engineers manage their servers, freeing up internal company resources to focus on core business directives.
The potential for multi-million dollar fines and jail time for not implementing HIPAA/HITECH compliance makes it essential for all covered entities. The global market for IT services in support of healthcare is expected to grow from $134 billion in 2016 to $280 billion in 2021, with the majority of revenue in North America, according to MarketsandMarkets research.
HIPAA compliance delivered through Atlantic.Net’s HIPPA Cloud solutions provides all the benefits of the cloud, including availability, scalability, cost savings, access to expert engineers, along with a strong added security or compliance benefits.
As an Atlantic.Net HIPAA Cloud customer, ShareSafe Solutions provides software-as-a-service (SaaS) to healthcare companies for secure, HIPAA-compliant communication and information sharing. ShareSafe Solutions delivers integrated communication between office terminals and mobile devices through the cloud, protecting against breaches with biometric identity authentication and other technologies. The company required a robust cloud to maintain instant communication, without compromising on security. It chose Atlantic.Net for support from skilled engineers and was rewarded for that decision with swift mitigation of multiple DDoS attacks.
In addition to its fully managed firewall solutions and robust intrusion prevention service, Atlantic.Net HIPAA Cloud features highly available infrastructure, an encrypted virtual private network (VPN), a robust log management system, and a choice of Windows or Linux servers. It is all backed by an available Business Associate Agreement (BAA) which establishes parameters for Atlantic.Net's use of protected health information (PHI).
Atlantic.Net's HIPAA solution is third-party audited and backed by a 100 percent network and hardware uptime service level agreement (SLA). Our data centers are certified, with state-of-the-art redundant systems, power, and physical security.
Having a secure infrastructure and meeting planning and documentation standards for compliance are important for satisfying HIPAA requirements. The real value of Atlantic.Net HIPAA Cloud Hosting, however, is our extensive experience surpassing the minimum standards for compliance, security, and availability, backed by our expert team of engineers. Atlantic.Net HIPAA Cloud gives healthcare organizations and CEs an IT environment that provides compliant, high-performance networking, and the service to help healthcare organizations use it to the maximum benefit for their business.
Our HIPAA cloud storage is fully audited and compliant with HIPAA and HITECH requirements, providing data storage and sharing for growing organizations.
Our HIPAA compliant cloud storage is ideal for mission-critical applications without compromising speed, security and reliability; it’s ideal for storing large datasets, file transfer, file storage, online storage, imaging, and health records that require encryption. You have the option to choose a dedicated or a cloud storage platform – Atlantic.Net provides a full suite of HIPAA-compliant storage solutions with best-in-class managed security services.
Atlantic.Net’s Secure Block Storage (SBS) is easy to use, highly redundant, easily accessible, and scalable. The system is ideal for running mission-critical applications that require robust and scalable block storage, as well as for running queries on databases that require low latency and high performance in a HIPAA-compliant cloud storage environment. For more information, click here to learn more about our Secure Block Storage (SBS).
Whether you need HIPAA storage scalability, geographic redundancy, reliable backup/data mirroring, or deduplication services to reduce your data footprint and costs, Atlantic.Net delivers all this plus the stability and security of working with an expert provider able to deliver advanced HIPAA storage solutions.
Storing your files in a HIPAA-compliant manner requires careful consideration of the parameters of the law and the ways in which the organization is specifically adhering to its requirements for comprehensive safeguards. At Atlantic.Net, our infrastructure is fully audited and compliant with HIPAA and HITECH, as well as adherent with SSAE 18 (formerly SSAE 16) from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
First know that the Cloud Computing Guidelines from the HHS state explicitly that cloud computing can be used for HIPAA compliant platforms: “[W]hile a covered entity or business associate may use cloud-based services of any configuration (public, hybrid, private, etc.), provided it enters into a BAA [(business associate agreement)] with the CSP [(cloud service provider)], the type of cloud configuration to be used may affect the risk analysis and risk management plans of all parties and the resultant provisions of the BAA.”
Along with its reference to the need for a prudent BAA, the HIPAA rules also point to the importance of the service level agreement (SLA) to focus on data backup and disaster recovery; reliability and availability; limitations related to use or disclosure; how data will be transferred back to the customer if they depart; and adherence to required security precautions. Guidelines for the last element are within the Security Rule (part of HIPAA Title II, the Administrative Simplification Provisions).
If you want to abide by the Security Rule and properly protect the data, the cloud platform you choose should encrypt data whether it is in-transit or at-rest.
The HIPAA compliant cloud storage service provider’s system should also encrypt all data for backup, both during transmission and once stored. Each HIPAA compliant backup should be encrypted with yet another set of keys for the best possible compliance solution. The best HIPAA compliant cloud storage specifically approaches encryption with a 512-bit key determined with a sha256 hash algorithm delivered in XTS-plain64 cipher mode that abides by the AES-256 standard. Related to the 512 bits, 256 of them (half) are used for each of two keys (cipher and XTS).
A key management service (KMS) should be used that utilizes peer-to-peer replication. The KMS is a chief issue because, at a large scale, it can become unmanageable to rapidly encrypt, store, and decrypt data. The KMS that is implemented for the best HIPAA compliant cloud storage serves as a centralized access control while providing simple monitoring and logging. The key encryption key should be changed routinely, every 3 months. Multiple sets of keys should be stored. The best HIPAA compliant cloud storage uses an active KEK for encryption and formerly active KEK sets for decryption. Access to the KEK sets should be at the level of each individual key, via a control list. The ability to access keys should be limited to users and services that are authenticated. All requests should be logged.
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