HIPAA is a Baseline, not the Optimal Standard

Moving data into the cloud carries many challenges that are unique to the healthcare industry. There are stringent punishments by the healthcare regulations for failing to meet standards, and rules like the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) are vague and of little guidance on how to effectively secure data. For these reasons, there is no definitive checklist for cloud compliance – making building a HIPAA-compliant cloud tricky.

When building a HIPAA-compliant cloud, it’s essential to remember that at the core of its framework, HIPAA asks that organizations work to secure the confidentially, integrity, and availability of protected health information from all reasonably anticipated threats. HIPAA is intentionally vague and non-prescriptive to enable healthcare organizations to take on a multitude of innovative measures to reach their optimal security protection.

With healthcare organizations and patients putting so much at stake into the HIPAA-compliant cloud, making smart investments and security decisions early can save the organization from a painful learning curve. Learn about the 7 most common mistakes healthcare organizations make when building HIPAA-compliant clouds and our suggestions on how to avoid them with our paper tilted, “Selecting a HIPAA-Compliant Cloud: Avoid the 7 Deadly Sins.”


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