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HIPAA has become an inescapable part of life for businesses in the healthcare sector. For HIPAA covered entities and their business associates, the risks of non-compliance with HIPAA security regulations are too big to ignore, particularly with the passage of the 2009 HITECH Act which tightened HIPAA enforcement and increased non-compliance penalties. If your organization is a covered entity or business associate, you have to comply with HIPAA security regulations – but becoming and staying HIPAA compliant doesn't have to hurt.
The high-level requirements of HIPAA security compliance are outlined in the HIPAA Security Rule developed by the Department of Health & Human Services. The HIPAA Security Rule aims to protect electronic personally identifiable health information, and specifically the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of such information. Toward this end the HIPAA security regulations mandate a comprehensive set of safeguards that IT organizations must implement in order to achieve IT HIPAA compliance. These include:
Covered entities and business associates have three broad options for meeting HIPAA security requirements for their IT systems and operations:
Of these HIPAA compliance solutions, using the right compliant hosting service is the one that most completely relieves you of the HIPAA burden.
Layered Tech is a managed hosting and cloud services provider that specializes in hosting workloads that must comply with strict security standards like HIPAA, PCI-DSS, and FISMA. Layered Tech makes HIPAA security compliance painless by: