Blog July 2, 2013

The Real Value of HIPAA Compliance in Light of the 2013 Omnibus Rule

Can your organization afford to not have HIPAA Compliant Hosting? As the demand for managed hosting has grown so has the concern around securely transmitting data across infinite networks and access points. This is even truer when that data contains sensitive information about an individual’s health conditions. In the healthcare and technology industry this is commonly referred to as Protected Health Information (PHI). In previous blogs we have addressed how the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is helping the public by providing uniform guidelines with HIPAA and the amendments to that Act.

There are more and more hosting providers who tout their HIPAA Compliance and cheap price. When you take a closer look, not all are created equal. Connectria Hosting was an early adopter of HIPAA Compliance standards and has gone through great efforts including third party assessments and certifications to verify the investments and commitments made. SSAE-16, SOC 1 Type 2 and, SOC 2 Type II certified data centers are the foundation of Connectria’s infrastructure. Within the core Managed Hosting offerings from Connectria there is world-class hardware, security, and 24/7/365 support among a long list of extremely valuable features. Connectria’s HIPAA Compliance Support Plan adds services and support that will help an organization meet their HIPAA Compliance requirements.

Added Value in Connectria’s HIPPA Compliance Support Plan:

  • Omnibus Compliant Business Associate Agreement (Required as of March 26th, 2013)
  • Externally Provided nCircle Vulnerability Scanning
  • Advanced Data Encryption Support  for Data at Rest and Data in Transit
  • Advanced Information Security Review and Server Information Event Management (SEIM)
  • Multi-Dimensional Security Services with Centralized Logging
  • Advanced Device and Media Controls with Media Disposal
  • Application Access Controls
  • Facility Logs & Audits
  • Annual HIPAA Assessment and Ongoing HIPAA Compliant Employee Controls

The minimal increase in price to gain this added level of support is not only justified, but is truly a critical business need. Not opting for a truly HIPAA compliant solution can increase your organization’s risk for security breaches and potentially shut-down your business with heavy penalties of $50K+. So when I’m asked “what is the price of HIPAA Compliant Hosting”, I reply with the question; “can your organization afford to not have HIPAA Compliant Hosting”?

If you have any additional questions about HIPAA Compliant Hosting plans include please send us an email at blog@connectria.com.

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