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HIPAA Privacy and Security

For healthcare providers, insurers, clearinghouses, and their business associates, complying with HIPAA privacy and security regulations is a burdensome but necessary task. HIPAA isn't going away – if anything, the trend has been toward an expanding scope and more aggressive enforcement. It's incumbent on HIPAA covered entities and business associates to understand the HIPAA privacy and security regulations and implement a strategy for compliance.

The HIPAA Privacy and Security Framework

At a high level, the HIPAA regulatory framework consists of:

  • HIPAA Privacy Rule. The Privacy Rule sets national standards regarding the use and disclosure of personally identifiable health information by organizations that possess that information.
  • HIPAA Security Rule. The Security Rule focuses on electronic personal health data, and mandates that covered entities implement administrative, physical, and technical safeguards to protect that data.
  • HITECH extensions. The HITECH Act of 2009 extends HIPAA privacy and security requirements to directly apply to covered entities' "business associates", and stiffens penalties for non-compliance.

For IT managers and service providers, the most pertinent part of the HIPAA privacy and security framework is the Security Rule. HIPAA compliance IT is first and foremost IT that satisfies the mandates of the Security Rule.

The Challenges of Meeting HIPAA Privacy and Security Requirements

Achieving compliance for HIPAA is challenging, particularly in regard to the Security Rule requirements. The difficulties of HIPAA security compliance include:

  • Building or upgrading an IT infrastructure to meet HIPAA security requirements can be expensive.
  • HIPAA demands can divert already over-stretched IT staff from tasks that deliver higher business value.
  • The requirements of HIPAA privacy and security compliance are ongoing. You're never really "done" with HIPAA compliance.
  • Non-compliance can result in stiff penalties or even criminal charges.

Let Layered Tech Manage HIPAA Privacy and Security Compliance For You

While HIPAA privacy and security compliance may be a chore for some, for us at Layered Tech it's a specialty. As a leading provider of managed hosting and secure cloud services, we specialize in hosting IT workloads that must comply with some of the world's strictest data security standards, including HIPAA, PCI-DSS, and FISMA. For HIPAA covered entities and business associates we offer a variety of HIPAA compliant server solutions including dedicated servers and HIPAA compliant cloud hosting solutions. As part of our compliant hosting services we offer a 100% Compliance Guarantee that assures that your hosted workloads will pass any HIPAA compliance audit.

Learn more about how Layered Tech can help you meet the challenges of HIPAA privacy and security compliance.

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