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HIPAA Compliant Hosting by Atlantic.Net™ is SOC 2 TYPE II and SOC 3 TYPE II certified, HIPAA and HITECH audited, designed to secure and protect critical healthcare data, and electronic protected health information (ePHI) and records. Our HIPAA Hosting Solutions have been audited by a qualified independent third party auditing firm, demonstrating our commitment to providing the best IT security and top-notch compliance solutions.
Whether you're looking for comprehensive, fully managed HIPAA compliant hosting solutions for your HIPAA servers or unmanaged hosting service, we can assist you with all your HIPAA compliance hosting needs. Our high-performance Website, Database, and Storage servers are available in both Dedicated and HIPAA Compliant Cloud environments and backed by our 100% uptime guarantee.
Our HIPAA Compliant Web Site Hosting plans offer ultra-fast data processing speeds, and security features to help you attain fast compliance. The fast loading speeds of our highly available HIPAA compliant web servers come with security safeguards, high performance, and guaranteed reliability. Faster servers mean faster websites.
Here at Atlantic.Net, we’re committed to offering covered entities fully compliant solutions affordably. We understand that one size fits all does not apply to complex regulatory compliance, that’s why we stand ready to better understand your needs and create a customized solution for you. Whether you need Windows or Linux HIPAA Hosting, we can assist you with a solution that best fits your needs.
You can get your HIPAA Windows Hosting with distributions to include Windows Server 2019, Windows Server 2016 Datacenter, Windows Server 2016 Datacenter (with Containers/Docker), Windows Server 2008 Datacenter SP1, Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter, and Windows Server 2012 Desktop Experience.
You can get your HIPAA Linux Hosting with distributions to include Ubuntu, Debian, CentOS, Fedora, FreeBSD, and Arch Linux.
Our One-Click hosted applications include LAMP, LEMP, WordPress, Docker, Node.js, cPanel/WHM, OctoberCMS, and Nextcloud.
We provide a secure and affordable HIPAA cloud compliant hosting and storage environment that only you can access; you’ll have access to all the benefits of the cloud with none of the risks. Our HIPAA Cloud Hosting and Storage has been audited and certified by an independent third party against the HIPAA Security Rule for HIPAA compliance. We provide healthcare providers with a private cloud with ultra-secure access; the end result is all the benefits of the cloud with none of the risks.
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).
Our HIPAA Database Solution combines high system performance and a completely audited HIPAA-compliant platform, to create a customized solution built for all your database needs. Security, scalability, high-speed data transfers, and performance are the focus of our HIPAA Database Hosting Solutions. Our solutions work with a variety of SQL platforms both proprietary and open source. Whether you are hosting sensitive healthcare records or large data sets and images, you can rest assured that your databases will be backed by 100% uptime SLA!Supported Databases
Atlantic.Net’s HIPAA Database solutions offer fast provisioning, ongoing management, and round-the-clock monitoring of your databases. We understand that system performance is critical in supporting your business performance, we provide:
Our support for Microsoft SQL Server ranges from small datasets to large enterprise data warehouses. Microsoft SQL Server 2017 secures your data with layers of Always-On encrypted technology, row-level security, dynamic data masking, transparent data encryption (TDE), and robust auditing. For a unified solution of high availability combined with disaster recovery, the enhanced Always-On feature in Microsoft SQL Server 2017 offers fast failover, easy setup, and load balancing.
MySQL offers easy access and interaction with the server. Triggers, stored procedures, and views enhance development efficiency and productivity. MySQL allows developers to roll back transactions and commit them to crash recovery. It supports a large number of embedded applications, making MySQL very flexible. Because of its unique storage engine architecture, it is faster, cost-effective, and reliable. The solid security layer of MySQL protects sensitive data from intruders.
PostgreSQL is a general-purpose object-relational database management system that allows you to add custom functions using a variety of programming languages. Designed to be extensible and customizable, PostgreSQL allows you to define your own data types, index types, and functional languages. To enhance the system to suit your needs, you can develop custom plugins, such as adding a new optimizer.
As an experienced HIPAA compliant hosting partner, Atlantic.Net has an extensive history of building, managing, and maintaining a robust healthcare IT platform and HIPAA compliant cloud environment, one that is inherently secure and designed from the ground up to protect electronic patient health information (ePHI). Our customers can directly plug into this service knowing that ePHI data integrity is protected.
Atlantic.Net has long expanded and enhanced its Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platform in order to allow for customizations based on specific industries like the healthcare industry. Atlantic.Net combines a world-class physical offering with a world-class team of engineers and has no peers who provide a total “peace of mind” HIPAA compliant hosting solution. Depending on the weight of your traffic, potential to scale, number of domains, and your company security needs, our dedicated consultants stand ready to evaluate your business goals to help you choose the right web hosting solutions for you.
If you are concerned about setting up a database that will store electronic health data, using an outside host for your systems can be wise. There are many hosting plans from which to choose, some of which have more experience with HIPAA than others. At Atlantic.Net, healthcare is one of our primary points of focus and has been for years. HIPAA Compliant Hosting by Atlantic.Net is SSAE 18 SOC 1 & SOC 2 certified and HIPAA & HITECH audited, designed to secure and protect critical healthcare data and records.
Below you will find a couple of examples of our HIPAA Windows, and Linux dedicated server packages, to help you comply with the HIPAA Security Rule. HIPAA dedicated server pricing is based on term commitment.
CPU Up to 112 CPU Cores
RAM Up to 2 TB of RAM
Disk Custom Build Storage
Redundant Storage RAID 1, 5, 10, 50, or 60
IP Addresses IPv4 and IPv6, Private and Public
Monthly Bandwidth Up to 10Gbps
FIPS Disk Encryption
Encrypted Data At Rest
Implementing HIPAA compliance can be complicated. HIPAA compliance hosting involves integrating server hosting solutions with security and managed services. This also means that the end solution would include a Business Associates Agreement. We have compiled an easy, solution-oriented HIPAA web hosting requirements checklist, in accordance with the HIPAA Privacy Rule and Security Rule. Atlantic.Net can help provide all these components to help deliver HIPAA Compliant Server Hosting Solutions Below are eight elements you need for a HIPAA compliant hosting environment for HIPAA Web Hosting, HIPAA Database Hosting, or other HIPAA hosting setups:
Essentially, you need to have firewalls fully implemented on your site. There are three basic types of firewall solutions: hardware firewalls, software firewalls, and web application firewalls (WAFs). Typically, infrastructure has a combination of hardware and software firewalls, along with solutions specifically designed for web applications, because apps create their own unique challenges and have become such a frequent target for intrusions. Making sure that technology is system-wide is one of the HIPAA compliant server requirements.
A firewall is actually a kind of broad term. It refers to a hardware or software system (i.e., physical component or an app) that is used to secure a network, via a set of rules that control the traffic that’s entering and exiting it.
The hardware/software distinction is just one way to categorize firewalls, though. As indicated in the US Department of Commerce’s NIST firewall guidelines (Special Publication 800-41), and as expanded by TechTarget, five primary types of firewalls are application-level gateways (proxies), circuit-level gateways, multilayer inspection firewalls, packet-filtering firewalls, and stateful inspection firewalls.
The VPN needs to be encrypted, and you want it to be strong. Not all VPNs are the same, so do your homework.
An encrypted VPN is a technology that essentially creates a tunnel between two devices (typically the server and the client). The data is encrypted entering the tunnel and decrypted as it exits it.
There are a couple of standard encryption protocols for VPNs other than SSL, IPsec (Internet Protocol Security), and GRE (generic routing encapsulation). GRE gives you a framework with which you’re able to package and transport via IP.
You want to have your data backed up in an external location, such as external HIPAA data centers. This HIPAA compliant hosting requirement is a reasonable way to ensure all the EMRs are safe. Note how many of these requirements are probably already in place for your company. Very little is required additionally to the security parameters that most enterprises and many SMBs already have up and running. Again, HIPAA Compliant Hosting Services must meet this and the other HIPAA compliant hosting requirements as well.
Offsite backups are a security tactic and disaster recovery technique that means data, and in some cases software, is being stored at a remote location from the company (frequently offsite data centers). Offsite backups are also called offsite data backups or offsite data protection – albeit, the latter really denoting the safeguards of the external environment. Offsite backups are simply a distribution or diversification method to prevent total loss of your valuable ePHI (electronic protected health information).
Multifactor authentication is simple and fast to establish, similar to the other HIPAA compliant server requirements. You just go into the control panels for each of your various systems and make the configuration changes. Many of the systems you’ll see will be based on Google Authenticator, which will require everyone to have that app installed on their cell phones; though there are plenty of other brands you can choose from.
Multifactor authentication, which goes by MFA, is a security check that uses two different forms of authentication to confirm the identity of the user. MFA is a stronger evolution of SFA (single-factor authentication), which only authenticates in one manner, usually via a password matching the username provided.
You cannot have a platform that shares resources with any other entities if you want to achieve HIPAA compliant server requirements. Working with a HIPAA compliant hosting provider with experience related to properly privatizing your infrastructure obviously helps.
What's meant by a private hosted environment is your servers are reserved solely for your use. That’s the key point and refers to Atlantic.Net’s Cloud Hosting (including HIPAA compliant cloud solutions) or dedicated hosting servers.
In a private hosted environment, the data is all in its own place, so it is not being shared or intermingled with the information of other apps or hosting users.
Atlantic.Net trusts and utilizes DUO for multifactor authentication solutions.
You need secure sockets layer (SSL) certificates established throughout your site, for any domains and subdomains hosting healthcare information or where sensitive ePHI is accessed. In other words, any parts of your site that need login credentials should always also have an SSL. Each server used for your site needs its own SSL certificate installed. Also, be aware that an EV certificate, creating a green address bar, and/or respected brand name such as Norton or GeoTrust, can help increase trust, security, and credibility for your system.
An SSL (secure sockets layer) certificate is software that creates encryption of data during transmission and validates ownership of the certificate to varying degrees.
Groups called certification authorities (CA’s), which typically have very high reputations for security, issue these certificates.
SSL certificates come in three main levels of validation: domain validation (DV), organization validation (OV), and extended validation (EV). All certs create https protocol and a lock icon, along with brief information available to all web users. EV is represented by the green address bar indicators in all major browsers. SAN certificates and wildcards certs are other types.
Note that Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) 18, created by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), is more stringent, in some ways, than HIPAA is regarding security. It’s not a requirement for HIPAA, but seeing that certification should make you feel more confident that a company meets HIPAA compliant hosting requirements.
SSAE 18 certification entails an official review and audit that verifies you are meeting all parameters of Statements on Standards for Attestation Engagements No. 16, a standard developed by the AICPA (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants) via its ASB (Auditing Standards Board).
This standard provides guidance on best practices through which a healthcare organizations or companies can report on their compliance control, as gauged through a formal audit.
In addition, HIPAA and HITECH Audits are also growing. Here at Atlantic.Net, our infrastructure is not only SOC 2 TYPE II and SOC 3 TYPE II certified but also fully audited for HIPAA and HITECH compliance. These audits are conducted on an annual basis through a third party independent auditor, who verify and attest to controls, checks, and balances of the infrastructure, as it relates to logical and physical controls and security.
If you use any outside entity to assist with your EMR, including a hosting company, you must have a BAA signed with that organization. That document does not clear you of your own responsibilities related to HIPAA, but it does delineate the role that the organization takes and ways in which they should be held liable for any breaches, etc.
A HIPAA business associate agreement is a legal contract between a HIPAA covered entity and business associate, as defined via the US Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. These agreements safeguard ePHI (electronic protected health information), which is the sensitive personal health data and records of patients.
Covered entities are healthcare providers, plans, and data clearinghouses, while business associates are any organization or company doing business with covered entities in a manner that involves ePHI/medical records, such as hosting companies offering HIPAA cloud services.
HIPAA compliant hosting is a web hosting solution that meets and exceeds the required physical, administrative, and technical safeguards mandated by the HIPAA regulations of 1996, including the subsequent Security Rule and Privacy Rule amendments of 2003. Managed service providers, covered entities, and relevant third parties are bound by these regulations to protect and uphold patient data integrity.
HIPAA is the common abbreviation for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, a US federal law enacted during the Clinton Administration.
HIPAA was signed and enacted into law on August 21, 1996. The law was created to uphold the data integrity of protected health information (PHI) and offer guarantees to patients about how their data was handled.
In 2003, the Privacy Rule and Security Rule amendments were introduced to govern the handling of electronically protected health information (ePHI) between healthcare practices and business associates. The regulations introduced several physical, administrative, and technical safeguards designed to keep patient data safe.
Yes, electronically protected health information (ePHI) is subject to HIPAA regulations. HIPAA legislation has adapted as the healthcare industry and the technology it uses has changed throughout the years. If you handle ePHI, look for a hosting provider with HITECH accreditation, as HITECH specifically relates to electronic records and increases the legal liability for non-compliance, and enforces tougher penalties.
The 2003 HIPAA Privacy Rule amendment introduced a new administrative safeguard declaring that all covered entities must have a signed Business Associate Agreement (BAA) in place with all Business Associates (BA) and Covered Entities (CE) that manage, process or archive Protected Health Information (PHI). As a business associate, Atlantic.Net is happy to sign a BAA with our healthcare clients.
HIPAA-Compliant Hosting with Atlantic.Net is a lot more affordable than you might think. Our specialists are standing by to discuss your individual requirements. If you would like to experience a 30-day limited free trial, head over to our HIPAA Portal and start your HIPAA hosting journey today.
HIPAA-Compliant Hosting status is difficult for a hosting provider to achieve as there are many regulatory safeguards that the infrastructure must fulfill. For this reason, a free service is impossible. We do, however, offer some of the very best rates in the United States, and our infrastructure is some of the fastest available. We also offer a 30-day free trial, so head over to our portal and get signed up.
HIPAA-Compliant cloud computing requires specialist configuration, management, and upkeep. The cost varies depending on what is in scope. Costs are incurred because extra steps are needed to safeguard data, meet regulations, and undergo audits. However, for those who need it, HIPAA hosting is worth the cost, especially considering legal liabilities when patient data is breached.
Overall, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is responsible for enforcing HIPAA safeguards. Controls are also built into the legislation that makes it mandatory for healthcare institutions to self-report any expected breaches.
The Final Omnibus Rule of 2013 introduced further liability rulings for hosting providers and instructed the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to enforce the expectations of the Omnibus Rule.
The Breach Notification Rule enforces a legal obligation on the healthcare institutions to report any breaches, and this may include any failings discovered during the annual auditing of records.
The fines are very steep for HIPAA Violations. There are four tiers of fines and the fine paid depends on the severity of the incident:
We always recommend consulting legal advisors if you are unsure whether HIPAA legislation applies to your business. The general rule is that if you process or store protected health information that can identify a patient, then the rules apply. If the data is anonymized, the rules can vary; once again, seek legal advice if you are not sure.
HIPAA cloud hosting offers strategic advantages and alleviates headaches for our customers. HIPAA-Compliant Hosting ensures that all the physical, administrative, and technical safeguards of HIPAA are met with your Atlantic.Net services as long as you consume those services appropriately and maintain proper safeguards on your side as well. You can find many more details on the advantages here.
Certifications help showcase your provider’s expertise and tenacity in maintaining the best HIPAA-Compliant environment. Look for SOC 2/SOC 3 certifications and HITECH and HIPAA Audited partners. To see what certifications and partnerships Atlantic.Net has, click here.
Managed hosting providers are not allowed to falsely advertise HIPAA compliance, however, what parts of a HIPAA audit a managed hosting provider will provide services for to get your team to full HIPAA compliance will vary. HIPAA is a federal law, and as such, it is illegal to breach the conditions of HIPAA and could result in hefty fines.
While some vendors might say they are "compliant," responsibility still remains with the covered entity to ensure that they are engaging with truly compliant business associates. The only real way to ensure they are is if they have a solid BAA in place and have an audit performed. Some competitors may say they are HIPAA compliant, but they might only be talking about a server or a specific part of their service. It is best practices to always perform an audit of your environment to ensure there are no assumptions being made between the hosting provider and the customer.
One significant advantage of outsourcing HIPAA hosting is the additional optional managed services that can be bolted on like backups, server management, an IPS, vulnerability scans, anti-malware, and network security. For detailed information about the managed services available from Atlantic.Net, check out this page.
While the features you need will depend on your requirements, these are a great start: Fully Managed Firewall, Multi-Factor Authentication, Intrusion Prevention Service, Antivirus Deep Security, Server Management Service with Auto-Patching, and On-Site and Off-Site Backups.
The level of technical support required will vary depending on your internal IT team’s resources and man hours available. By default, 24x7x365 support is a must for all HIPAA related requirements. Selecting a provider that also provides phone support, ticket support, tiered support, and consulting services is a must in HIPAA covered industries. With the extra level of support available, it will ensure you and your team are never left trying to figure out an issue.
This page was updated with the latest information on February 9th, 2021.
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