What is HIPAA Compliant Hosting?

HIPAA Compliant Hosting

Ace Cloud Hosting explains
what HIPAA is.

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HIPAA and Its Components

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, enforced by the US government, regulates the standards to maintain the protection of patient’s data. Here are some rules and standards of HIPAA for the easier interpretation:

HIPAA Enforcement Rule
The HIPAA Enforcement Rule guides the complaint investigations and the conduct of compliance reviews related to the allegations of PHI violation and also establishes the penalties associated with it.
HIPAA Privacy Rule
The HIPAA Privacy Rule standardizes the safeguard methods to limit usage and disclosure of medical records and other Protected Health Information (PHI) without patient authorization.
HIPAA Security Rule
The HIPAA Security Rule defines the standards related to the security of electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI) with storage, accessibility, and transmission within premises or in the cloud.
Transactions and Code Set Standard
Transactions and Code Set Standard regulates the Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) between various involved parties for specific healthcare transactions, such as claim status, referrals, and the like.
NPI Standard
National Provider Identifier Standard is a 10-digit number to cover the details of the patient. It doesn’t represent information like area code, age, and other particular that could identify the patient.

HIPAA and Its Components

To adhere to HIPAA, the hosting provider needs to deploy certain security measures with storage, accessibility, management, and transfer of the patient data. A HIPAA compliant host will have these policies enforced with its services:

  • Role-specific logins for different user accounts
  • Consistent and accurate log tracking
  • Logins authenticity check at every layer in the network
  • Cautious review of Business Associate Agreement (BAA) with every vendor involved in data handling
  • Thoroughly planned business continuity and incidence responses
  • A privacy policy that obeys regulations under HIPAA
  • Trained staff

Securing Protected Health Information (PHI)

HIPAA requires the identifiers under Protected Health Information (PHI), which includes name, Social Security Number, address details, phone number, and other such information that can be traced to the patient, to be protected. To deploy a data security solution that protects the information at various points, such as – physical storage, network, and processing, following are some of the steps that are adopted by HIPAA compliant providers:

  • Firewall
  • Vulnerability Scanning
  • Disk Encryption and Key Management
  • Antivirus
  • Web Application Firewall (WAF)
  • Physical Security (Badge Access/Logging and Cameras)
  • Identity and Access Management (IAM)
  • SSL and IPsec VPN (for Remote Access)
  • Email Protection (SPAM, Virus, Etc.)
  • Network Monitoring & Configuration Change Management
  • Disaster Recovery Plan
  • DDoS Protection
  • Security and Process Consulting
  • Central Logging and Regular Log Review
  • Intrusion Detection/Prevention System
  • File Integrity Monitoring
  • Multi-Factor Authentication
  • Asset Management (hardware and software)
  • Detection/Auditing of Devices Added
  • Enterprise Web Application Firewall
  • Enterprise Identity and Access Management (IAM)
  • Single Sign-On (SSO)
  • Encrypted Backup
  • Security Information & Event Management (SIEM) / Security Auditing & Dashboard

Hosting Standards at Ace Cloud Hosting

Ace Cloud Hosting keeps the data protection as its #1 priority. Most of the data centers that we partner with are HIPPA compliant.Check the data center facilities and feature, relying on which Ace Cloud Hosting delivers secure and continuous cloud services.