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Keeping Cloud Data HIPAA Compliant

Posted on July 29, 2013 by admin There have been 0 comments

In early 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services issued their “Final Rule” to modify HIPAA. This ruling puts further regulations on cloud-based health data storage to keep patient information secure.

HIPAA – that’s the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 – aims to ensure confidentiality of health information. These federal regulations for the safety, security and integrity of personal, private and confidential health information govern both electronic and paper records.

The security and privacy requirements are getting more serious with each new modification. And for good reason: Both healthcare and financial data are prime targets for identity theft. This amounts to about $70 billion per year in Medicare fraud alone.

To combat this, HIPAA is taking steps to regulate cloud storage. Under this new regulation, healthcare providers are required to use only cloud service providers who have signed a “Business Associate Agreement,” ensuring security as a priority. The estimated cost of compliance with this final rule is a staggering $114 - $225 million in the first year alone, with $14 million for each year thereafter.

Consumer healthcare services are quickly moving online, storing patient data electronically; as healthcare data moves to the cloud, efficiency increases. But so does security risk. Protect your patients’ critical data and stay HIPAA compliant with the ioSafe. It’s HIPAA compliance in a box, with secure data no matter what the disaster.

ioSafe leads the industry in disaster proof hardware. Since 2005, ioSafe’s patented technology provides unparalleled security against fire, flood and theft for thousands of homes and businesses. Like an aircraft black box, ioSafe adds physical security and protection to irreplaceable data.

For private cloud storage, the ioSafe N2 NAS offers ultimate security. Your data is safe from tech threats, like hackers and identity theft. HIPAA compliance can be demonstrated well. Designed to be the center of your private cloud, the ioSafe N2 is powered by a Synology DSM motherboard and operating system. It allows for fast access on your local network and remote access from nearly any device connected to the internet - all secured and protected by you.

Perfect for any business with vulnerable data. Use the ioSafe N2 as a disaster plan-in-a-box solution for any data at risk. Security, speed,compliance and accessibility can all be enhanced for employees that need access to cloud data 24/7 and managers looking to optimize IT budgets.

Encryption and network security are often used to protect cloud-stored data. But even the best encrypted data remains at risk of damage from fires, natural disasters and theft. All ioSafe models  keep your data physically secure too.

ioSafe specializes in hardware to help protect vulnerable data wherever it may reside. Designed to be bolted to the floor, survive building collapse or padlocked to anything immovable, the ioSafe features steel outer casings combined with fire and flood protection. The ioSafe is available in many sizes and models to meet the needs of healthcare organizations of all sizes, from a major metropolitan hospital to a small community clinic.

Every employer, hospital, office and employee is required to ensure the confidentiality of health information. As your office focuses on quality care for your patients, adhering to HIPAA guidelines matters. Keep integrity, availability and confidentiality in mind as you strive for the best in patient service.


This post was posted in HIPAA and was tagged with compliance, cloud data, risk, network storage, NAS, remote office, branch office, ROBO

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