Healthcare Solutions

HIPAA Compliance

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), is a federal act enforced by US Congress. The principal duty of HIPAA is to ensure the accuracy of health data and safeguard it.

HIPAA compliance is mandatory for every healthcare business or organization that keeps, processes or transmits protected health information (PHI). The penalties for HIPAA violations include civil monetary penalties depending on the level of culpability. Criminal penalties can also be imposed for intentional violations, leading to fines and potential imprisonment.

(fcc) Hosting Services™ health care solutions encompasses HIPAA compliance hosting which involves the integration of our hosting solutions with our cybersecurity and managed services to help healthcare businesses and organizations achieve HIPAA compliance.

(fcc) Hosting Services™ HIPAA hosting solutions meets all of the requirements of HIPAA compliance in accordance with the HIPAA Privacy Rule and Security Rule.

Below are nine elements for a HIPAA-Compliant Hosting environment which (fcc) Hosting Services™ provides as part of our HIPAA offering:

Private Hosted Environment

Your business or organization cannot share resources with other entities. If you want to achieve the HIPAA compliant server requirements. Fastcomcorp’s experienced engineers can help you with properly privatizing infrastructure to help avoid missteps. Ensuring your data and environments are properly segmented from others.

Business Associate Agreement (BAA)

If you use any outside entity to handle PHI or ePHI, including a IT infrastructure company, you must have a BAA signed with that organization to ensure that your business associate meets their HIPAA responsibilities. The document will not relieve you of your responsibilities related to HIPAA, but outlines the external organization’s role, liability for breaches, and more. (fcc) Hosting Services™ offers a BAA as a standard part of our HIPAA infrastructure solutions offering.

Onsite and Offsite Backups

HIPAA requires that you back up data locally and externally, such as in a data center. Local onsite backups ensure quick recovery times when something goes wrong, while offsite backups help after a catastrophic failure. Offsite HIPAA-Compliant Servers from (fcc) Hosting Services™ can help you meet this need.

Encrypted VPN / SASE and ZTNA

Your VPN needs strong encryption. Not all VPNs are secure; (fcc) Hosting Services™ HIPAA hosting offering ensures that your remote connections are encrypted to meet HIPAA requirements. SASE is superior to VPN’s because it integrates a suite of security services such as secure web gateways, firewall-as-a-service, and data loss prevention. This integrated approach aligns with HIPAA controls related to security management and enables healthcare organizations to implement a comprehensive security strategy.

Next-Gen Firewall

A fully implemented firewall in your server environment is a must to meet HIPAA server requirements. Your firewalls must be configured to properly log and track all data on your computer systems that interact with patient information. (fcc) Hosting Services™ has Next-Gen firewalls from Fortinet, Jupiter Networks, Palo Alto Networks and more to meet your compliance needs.

SSL Certificates

For HIPAA compliance, you need to have installed SSL certificates established for any domains and subdomains hosting healthcare information or where sensitive ePHI is accessed. Any part of your site or web access gateway that needs login credentials should have an SSL – (fcc) Hosting Services™ can help if you need guidance which SSL certificate to purchase or assistance to install it.

Multi-Factor Authentication

Multi-factor authentication is the verification of a user identity using something the user knows, something the user has, or a biometric factor. (fcc) Hosting Services™ offers multi-factor authentication solutions to protect your environment from unauthorized access.

SOC 2  and SOC 3 Certifications

(fcc) Hosting Services™ hosting solutions supports fully-managed firewalls, SASE, encryption, and intrusion detection and prevention systems, all backed by a data center infrastructure that has received SOC 2 and SOC 3 reports. We also have a cybersecurity team that can run audits and reports on a monthly basis for your business or organization infrastructure upon request.

HIPAA Audits

(fcc) Hosting Services™ will establish a secure environment providing medical companies and patients online protection through its HIPAA compliant servers and network solutions. These solutions help to better secure personal information in an environment built to safeguard ePHI. A HIPAA compliant server alone does not make your business or organization HIPAA compliant. Compliance is determined by adherence to the privacy and security rules outlined by HIPAA. Your business and organization are still required to meet the administrative and technical specifications of the HIPAA (HITECH) Security Rule to be compliant.

Why HIPAA Compliance is Not Enough

HIPAA law protects patients’ rights regarding how their personal and health information is used. But HIPAA compliance is no longer enough because healthcare providers and similar entities have switched to electronic and computerized systems. The HIPAA Privacy Rule indicates that the risk of cybersecurity spans beyond patients’ electronic health records and includes big data analytics and other systems. Our account executives will run thru a checklist with you and your organization to make sure you whatever infrastructure or project we deploy together meets HIPAA compliance.

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