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HIPAA Compliance and Cloud Storage: EHR Management and Security

Every business wants (and needs) secure cloud storage. But it is imperative that businesses working with Electronic Health Records (EHR) can comply with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) provisions if they use cloud storage.

HIPAA Rules shield “individually identifiable” Protected Health Information (PHI), with the objective of preventing incorrect use and/or disclosure of individuals’ information. Medical companies, hospitals, and insurance corporations aren’t the only ones required to uphold HIPAA rules. Any business associates of HIPAA-covered entities—such as smaller and mid-sized businesses that deal with EHR management and security—also have obligations under HIPAA.

If any HIPAA-covered entity violates HIPAA regulations, they could wind up with pricy penalties that range from $100 to $1.5 million per incident, depending on the severity of the infraction. That’s just one reason that it’s important for companies in the medical industry to partner with a reliable cloud storage provider that also provides consulting services.

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Sometimes, smaller and mid-sized businesses don’t realize they even have the option of using cloud storage, given the strict regulations that accompany HIPAA compliance. But, if a cloud storage solution has been especially designed to address the particular HIPAA concerns, then it can be the cornerstone for EHR security and management. It is, however, important that a HIPAA-covered entity understands that not just any cloud storage solution will do.

A cloud consulting firm in Denver and Dallas, Business Network Consulting (BNC), can work with your company to set up a cloud storage solution that meets—and even surpasses—the strict regulations required for working in the medical industry. BNC’s experts are well versed in HIPAA-compliant cloud storage, software, and servers. They can also implement and streamline healthcare workflows, if that would be helpful to you. That’s because BNC has provided HIPAA-compliant cloud storage for more than 20 years.

Any entity obligated to follow HIPAA regulations that uses a cloud storage provider needs to enter a “HIPAA-compliant business associate agreement (BAA),” which requires that the cloud service provider follows all HIPAA rules. That must happen before your business begins the process of converting to cloud storage. Engaging with BNC ensures that your business’ cloud solution is up to HIPAA standards, including typical concerns such as robust back-up and data recovery and consistent system reliability.

And BNC’s experts really are just that: experts. They provide one-on-one service to address your company’s security requirements. Because BNC’s experts develop a deep understanding of your business, they are often ultimately able to save you time and money—and help you sleep more easily at night, knowing your business’ PHI is secure, whether it is being accessed, stored, or sent.

Cloud consulting in Denver and cloud consulting in Dallas can be just as easy for a small or mid-sized business that deals with EHR as it is for any other business. All you have to do is contact BNC, and you’ve taken the first step toward a HIPAA-compliant cloud storage solution.



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