Nowadays people laugh when they see photos of the giant mainframe computers of the 1950s and ‘60s. But the hardware of 20 or even 10 years ago is now starting to be laughable. As equipment gets sleeker and data migrates to the cloud, machines that used to seem miraculous are causing myriad pain points to businesses. Here are some of the everyday annoyances that computers, servers, routers, software and all the rest of your in-house IT infrastructure increasingly cause – and ways that moving to the cloud can provide relief.
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.
For many businesses, the thought of sending all their vital information into something as ethereal-sounding as “the cloud” provokes anxiety. If you’re used to a big, solid computer in your office being responsible for all your backups, trusting the cloud can take some convincing. Even though you can’t see your data by glancing at your server, its hulking presence is so reassuring.
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.
Early 2016 heralds Phase 2 of the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) HIPAA auditing program, according to the National Law Review. Covered entities will be scrutinized for their measures to protect patients’ privacy and security, and to fulfill breach notification requirements when necessary.
While everybody knows that failing to comply with HIPAA brings consequences, many people don’t realize how severe they are. The good news is that no matter how bad your noncompliance is, there is a maximum annual civil penalty. The bad news – especially for small business owners -- is that the maximum annual civil penalty is $1.5 million. People who are found criminally liable may be imprisoned for up to 10 years.
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