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Be Aware of HIPAA in All Aspects of Business

With so many IT systems talking to each other across industries, it could be easy to overlook which regulations apply to specific data sets. Private medical information is exchanged frequently between institutions, so there are plenty of opportunities for HIPAA violations.

HIPAA fines can be staggering. Consider some of the most expensive violations include:

  • University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center fined $4.3 million for HIPAA violations.
  • Memorial Healthcare System paid $5.5 million because employees shared PHI data incorrectly.
  • Advocate Health Care Network paid $5.5 million after failing to protect the data of over four million patients.
  • Anthem fined $16 million for a significant data breach that exposed the health information of almost 80 million people.

Could your organization withstand a hit to the bottom line? Not many can. With that in mind, it is a good time to take a refresher on how to handle HIPAA compliance with serverless security — something 2W Tech is more than capable of delivering on your behalf.

Think about any place that takes in private medical information but isn’t a medical provider — your child’s school is one example that comes to mind. You can grant permission for your providers to share information protected under HIPAA to this institution, but these same institutions and their SaaS applications are not covered by HIPAA. Instead, they’re under the watchful eye of FERPA – the Family Education Rights & Privacy Act.

As SaaS providers are migrating their applications to serverless, understanding these compliance rules, restrictions and policies, and how they apply to serverless applications on cloud servers like Microsoft Azure can help better protect everyone — ensuring they not only have HIPAA-compliant applications, but greater protection and efficiency.

If you’re in the healthcare field, your focus should be on your clients’ well-being. If you’re working with data protected under HIPAA, you need to make sure you’re compliant. No matter what side of the healthcare industry you’re on, make sure you’re compliant with HIPAA. To make sure you’re compliant, partner with 2W Tech to help protect your clients’ sensitive healthcare data. We have a Security Compliance Consulting Program that is designed to support our clients’ compliance obligations. Call us today to get started.

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