In honor of the annual conference for the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), which is taking place in Chicago this week (#HIMSS15), AISN’s blog is going to take a look at critical factors in healthcare IT and hosting ePHI.
For those of you who are not familiar with HIMSS, it’s the leading organization representing IT professionals working in the U.S. healthcare industry today.
Last June, HIMSS published its inaugural “HIMSS Analytics Cloud Survey,” which included some surprising findings about the top five factors considered when evaluating HIPAA compliant cloud providers.
Here are those five most important criteria with some brief, critical notes about how AISN stacks up:
Willingness to Enter a Business Associate Agreement (BAA)
AISN readily provides and signs a BAA that is specific to the cloud hosting and services that we provide. We follow BAAs to the letter and will guide you through the process of understanding the rights and responsibilities established under the BAA.
Physical Security of Cloud Service Provider and/ or Data Center
AISN’s trusted, primary Tier III and IV data centers are SSAE 16 and SOC-certified, disaster-resilient, and fault tolerant – with all the security features that you’d expect of a world class cloud hosting provider. Also, our data centers are in multiple locations throughout North America, broadening your failover, online backup and disaster recovery options. Ask about our international footprint too.
Technical Security of Cloud Service Provider and/ or Data Center
Because HIPAA/HITECH protects ePHI, we are required to achieve the highest levels of security within our data center and throughout our processes and controls. Our SLA is unsurpassed in the industry.
Compliance With Regulations and Laws
Our 100% Compliance Guarantee applies to all our clients. We guarantee that your AISN-hosted environment will pass its HIPAA audit. Independent auditor KirkpatrickPrice routinely audits our administrative security, processes and controls to ensure our compliance with established standards, reports and control frameworks for HIPAA/HITECH, PCI DSS, FISMA, SOX and more.
Since our founding in 1993,service excellence has been our hallmark. Whether you need minimal support or high-touch “white glove” service, our hosting experts integrate seamlessly into the fabric of your own IT team, and our certified auditing services professionals are at hand whenever you need them. With us, you’ll always know whom to call when you need help.
Are you in the process of evaluating HIPAA compliant cloud providers? Let us help! If you contact us before April 30, we’re offering a free cloud migration assessment as well as free hosting during your migration month.
The author, Jay Atkinson, is CEO of AIS Network.