Bear with us for a moment while we compare your data center to water. Both are essentials most businesses can’t compete without. Yet, few businesses would trade the cost effective and hassle free existence of being on a public water system for the stress of managing their own septic tank. Instead, we much prefer to pay the experts a small usage fee to deal with the potability of the water, to ensure it gets safely to our faucets and safeguard against any natural disasters that might disrupt its supply.
By now, most people who work in healthcare know that physicians, dentists and other medical providers must comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 – usually known as HIPAA – or face stiff penalties. But not everybody realizes that many jobs outside of direct patient care also demand strict adherence.
Last year one out of every three Americans had their protected health information (PHI) compromised during a healthcare data breach, according to the Hacking of Health Care Records Skyrockets report.
Storing sensitive patient health information in the cloud has great advantages, and great risks. But a huge portion of businesses are moving to the cloud because it’s by far the most efficient and scalable path for businesses to grow without focusing on maintaining a hardware infrastructure. The trick for individuals in the healthcare field is finding a safe, secure and HIPAA compliant cloud service that handles medical information properly.