HIPAA Compliance and The Cloud

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One question we get a lot is, “How does HIPAA Compliance work when using a cloud-based EHR platform?”

That’s a great question! It’s really not too complicated…

With cloud computing, you are able to store, manage, and process data on the internet, using a network of remote servers. This technology makes data more accessible and leaves it protected from the wear and tear that your personal tech endures. Cloud computing regularly backs up this information onto secure servers across the country to ensure that the information is never lost.

A big question of today is with this added accessibility, does the cloud leave your data unprotected?

The protection of all private health information is protected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). HIPAA provides rigorous requirements for both healthcare providers and all individuals handling private and secure information.

Under HIPAA’s guidelines, cloud computing may be used to store protected information, as long as the EHR platform has a Business Associates Agreement (BAA) in place to ensure that the cloud computing provider will follow HIPAA guidelines in storing this information to ensure that it remains protected.

At Healthie, we maintain our HIPAA compliance while being hosted through Microsoft’s servers through a similar BAA. We additionally encrypt the private data collected on our platform to prevent information theft or security attacks. All data within our system is tightly controlled. All entries are logged and all information is kept so that it may be audited. Healthie receives an A+ rating in security from the external tester SSL Labs.

If you are at all concerned about the security of your information or have any additional questions, you can learn more about Healthie’s high security standards here or reach out to us at any time.

 

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