HIPAA in the Cloud – Who is Responsible?
Whenever you visit a new healthcare provider, you sign countless documents to ensure your data is protected under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). However, how is that data protected, and in today’s digital age, who is responsible for its protection? HIPAA, as we know, requires healthcare providers and organizations, as well as their business associates, to develop and follow procedures of protected health information (PHI) when it is transferred, received, handled, or shared.
The question these days is who is responsible for what. And that line is becoming increasingly murky with technologies like cloud computing. In acknowledgement of this scenario, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released detailed guidance on cloud computing to help covered entities and CSPs maintain HIPAA-compliant relationships.
The five critical steps are:
- Sign a Business Associate Agreement
- Conduct a HIPAA Security Risk Analysis
- Comply with the HIPAA Privacy Rule
- Implement HIPAA Security Rule safeguards
- Comply with the HIPAA Breach Notification Rule.
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.