HIPAA Changes Driving Customers To Cloud, Verizon Says
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User Rank: Apprentice
9/18/2013 | 7:10:03 PM
re: HIPAA Changes Driving Customers To Cloud, Verizon Says
A need that many CIOs, especially of smaller organizations, will have to address is getting Business Associate Agreements in place with web hosting and cloud hosting providers for data storage of Protected Health Information (PHI). The HIPAA Omnibus goes into effect September 23, 2013 and many organizations are unaware that Gǣdata storageGǥ is explicitly addressed in the OmnibusG preamble: GǣFor example, a data storage company that has access to protected health information (whether digital or hard copy) qualifies as a business associate, even if the entity does not view the information or only does so on a random or infrequent basis.Gǥ
User Rank: Apprentice
9/17/2013 | 7:31:17 PM
re: HIPAA Changes Driving Customers To Cloud, Verizon Says
With the growing popularity surrounding cloud storage, and the relatively low costs associated with it, this new regulation is of course going to raise interests even more. It absolves some of the blame and concern surrounding the security of patient health data for the organizations and should help out smaller organizations even more. I am actually surprised that cloud storage companies such as Verizon are taking this so well, since a few months ago when this was announced, I expected more of a backlash. I guess if they do speak out too much it shows a lack of confidence in the security of their product.

Jay Simmons
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