- May 3, 2017
- Posted by: Dimitri
- Category: Tips
HIPAA, a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, is a Federal regulation act and is a must when your business is dealing with health care or insurance data. Security and privacy standards have been created to defend personally diagnosable health information, to help health care firms follow with HIPAA.
HIPAA was put into action in 1996 by the U.S. Congress. It is designed to protect patient’s health information and medical records and other information supplied by doctors, hospitals, institutions and other healthcare entities.
To find out if you are HIPAA compliant, follow these guidelines:
Unauthorized Access Prevention
Pay attention on how the data is backed up, accessed and transported offshore to forbid unauthorized access, as it is strictly forbidden to access individually identifiable health records.
Data Encryption for Security
Every data with the institutions has to be secured with encryption. Through a secure SSL and VPA connection, costumer’s data is sent using a reliable cloud. This data is encrypted on transmission and at storage. All the data is kept encrypted at the data centers and multi – factor authentication is used for authentication. You get data that is secure and nobody except the person intended to could access it.
Logical Access Secure Data Centers
Using protective standards that limit personnel access such as electronic keys, biometric scanners, and PIN codes; data at their centers are kept safe by protective methods for physical security.
Health records must be maintained by health care providers (oral, written or electronic) in accordance with HIPAA privacy final ruling for minimum six years. As long as the client chooses to retain the health records, the data will be kept in IBackup vaults.
Using strict controls through physical safeguards, technical security measures and administrative procedures, access to the data centers and vaults are prevented to stop unauthorized use and disclosure of customer’s data.
High and Rich Performance
It took almost an overnight or sometimes days in earlier days to back up the data. Now it is not at all a problem for data retention. Using incremental backups, data can be backed up with low bandwidth usage with the benefit of a full backup. To reduce traffic, backup windows and storage footprints data compressors and de – duplicates are used.
Disaster Recovery with Offsite Backup
Disaster recovery plan as backup against virus attacks, deletion, hardware failure, natural disaster and theft is compulsory. The key component is carbonite in any plan. An easy restoration process is used by the product when your business is under unexpected downtime.
Business Associate Agreement (BAA)
Based on federal government’s measures, Carbonite’s Business Associate Agreement (BAA) is retained. As knowing your backup data is secured and meets business associate compliance requirements, you can rest easily. With a few clicks of your mouse, you can restore your backup data anytime.
Making your backup HIPAA complaint just ensures more trust from your customers and help you do more business. Plus, it will help you keep your data safe as well.