HIPAA Compliant Cloud Storage and IT Solutions for Healthcare Information Security
As a healthcare provider, you’re on the forefront of quality patient care. Is your IT infrastructure providing you the same level of value?
When compared to other industries, hospitals and healthcare providers have struggled to keep up with the latest technology solutions due to HIPAA compliance regulations and security concerns. However, due to the shifting IT landscape, 80% of healthcare data will travel to the cloud by 2020. The transition away from traditional, on-site data storage is fast approaching and healthcare providers are looking for HIPAA-compliant cloud storage partners that will keep them and their patients’ data secure.
Simply put, it’s becoming increasingly uneconomical for healthcare institutions to run their own data centers due to the growing need for HIPAA-compliant cloud storage and security and IT infrastructures.
What does it mean to be a HIPAA-compliant cloud storage provider?
Being HIPAA-compliant means complying with The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. In essence, complying with HITECH standards and citations means that electronic protected health information (ePHI) is stored with:
Any entity storing ePHI is held to the same HIPAA standards as the healthcare provider for:
- risk analysis
- administrative safeguards
- physical safeguards
- technical safeguards
- ongoing due diligence
You need a data center partner that understands the healthcare industry.
Outsourcing a hospital or clinic’s information security and IT infrastructure is an important decision and transferring legacy data and applications is a sensitive task. However, outsourcing to the right third-party provider is advantageous for a number of reasons:
- More Flexibility: A data center can be a costly operation, especially if it isn’t run efficiently. With medical imaging and PAC storage requirements constantly evolving, scaling up to meet new storage requirements is not an easy task for an in-house data center. Outsourcing to a third-party offers the flexibility needed to compete in an unpredictable market. You can scale-up or scale-down much faster with a third-party host than you could with an in-house data center.
- Leave the complex IT to the experts: Leave the non-value add portion of your business to the IT experts so that you can utilize your internal staff most effectively. We’ll keep up with the ever-evolving IT market so you can focus on providing patient care.
Strengthen your company’s risk mitigation and compliance story, just like hundreds of other healthcare providers that have turned to LightEdge Solutions.