HIPAA Compliant Data Protection in the Cloud

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HIPAA Compliant Data Protection in the Cloud

HIPAA compliance is a crucial prerequisite for any company remotely dealing with any healthcare information. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) was signed into law under the Clinton Administration in order to ensure the privacy and security of medical information.

The HIPAA Privacy Rule dictates the usage of Protected Health Information (PHI) by the various “covered entities” that handle such information. The implementation of this rule has helped regulate how businesses are allowed to deal with medical data so patients can rest assured their information is in safe hands.

PrognoCIS EHR is working with Zetta to enhance their disaster recovery and data protection using the cloud. In a Health IT Outcomes article, Zetta CEO, Mike Grossman, discusses how data from PrognoCIS Electronic Health Record software is secured in a HIPAA compliant manner.

Data in the Cloud

There are four main reasons why data in the cloud is the best option for healthcare:

  1. Undeniably secure
    Data is secured in multiple ways, keeping it well protected and making it easy to recover data in case of an emergency, which also meets HIPAA requirements
  2. High performance
    Quickly move large amounts of data, avoid bottlenecks, and optimize storage to account for data growth.
  3. Resource light
    The lack of hardware saves you resources on maintenance and minimizes the risk of on-site disaster.
  4. Budget friendly
    Because all your data is stored in the cloud, there are fewer costs associated with hardware and the staff required to manage it.

Storing data in the cloud enables quicker recovery, saves on cost and resources, and provides a high level of security to assure patients and providers their information is protected in a HIPAA compliant manner.

Read the complete article on Compliant Health Record Data Protection in the Cloud. Stay tuned for more on HIPAA compliance from PrognoCIS. In the meantime, you can bookmark our webinars page or sign up for the PrognoCIS EHR newsletter.