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Security Concerns for HIPAA Data

by Atlantic.Net (15posts) under HIPAA Compliant Database Hosting

Security Concerns for HIPAA DataThe Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was enacted in 1996 to address security and privacy concerns with health data.  The act identifies policies, procedures, and guidelines for maintaining the privacy and security of individually identifiable health information.  These standards are intended to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the United States health care system by encouraging the use of electronic data transactions.

The HIPAA Privacy Rule regulates the use and disclosure of Protected Health Information (PHI), while the Security Rule deals specifically with Electronic Protected Health Information (EPHI).  The Security Rule outlines three types of security safeguards required for compliance: administrative, physical, and technical.  For example, as part of the technical safeguards, when data is transmitted over an open network, some form of data encryption must be utilized in order to protect from intrusion.

If you store, collect, or process Protected Health Information (PHI), you have to have HIPAA-Compliant Data Storage.  This means that if you decide to manage the servers, network, Internet connection, and facility yourself, you need to meet strict requirements to keep ongoing monitoring and compliance in check.  However, if you partner with a hosting provider, they can provide infrastructure, reliable Internet connections, servers, networks, and proven compliance so that you don’t have to make in-house investments.

Cloud computing offers health care leaders the ability to reduce costs, while maintaining consistent service quality.  At Atlantic.Net, we offer HIPAA Compliant Hosting and are a trusted partner to medical and health care facilities throughout the country.  Share with us your vision and goals and we will develop a health care hosting environment tailored to the needs of your healthcare facility.  Call 800-521-5881 to speak with an advisor today or email us at [email protected]

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