Is your Data Backup Solution HIPAA Compliant? It should be.
If you’re an IT professional in the healthcare industry, then you know that HIPAA is key when it comes to information technology, security, and protection. Finding the right software to achieve compliance with HIPAA guidelines and overall IT security isn’t just about preference – it’s about finding the most comprehensive, and compliant solution possible.
What is HIPAA?
HIPAA, or Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, is a federal law passed to protect sensitive patient health information from being disclosed without the patient’s consent or knowledge. This standard became increasingly challenging as businesses transitioned from storing data in file cabinets to storing data online – both on-premise and in the Cloud.
Despite the challenges, the following entities are legally required to adhere to the US Department of Human and Health Services’ HIPAA Privacy Rule:
- Healthcare providers
- Health plans
- Healthcare clearinghouses
- Hybrid entities
- Business associates
Backing up your data for compliance.
For healthcare businesses, secure and reliable data that is accessible to the proper, authorized recipients is essential for a myriad of reasons, Data provides dependable care for patients, improves communication between medical staff and patients, and elevates company connectivity.
And, your data may be more vulnerable than you think – it’s not just ransomware attacks that can risk business productivity, safety, and compliance.
This is especially true for healthcare businesses that leverage cloud-based productivity tools like Microsoft 365 for your data protection. Microsoft 365 operates on a Shared Responsibility Model which leaves gaps in data protection.
While Microsoft promises to protect your data from service interruptions due to hardware or software failure and loss of service due to natural disaster or power outage, you’re left unprotected from human error, computer theft, damage to your technology (like water or liquid damage), malicious insiders, damage from third-party applications, viruses and malware.
Meeting HIPAA compliance is a marker of security.
While no one wants data loss to happen, it’s a harsh reality that businesses must always be prepared to handle, and this is especially important in healthcare. That’s why it’s recommended to have at least one data backup and recovery plan in place (or even more).
Backing up your data allows you reliable access to it in the event of an unforeseen disaster that corrupts or deletes your data. With a solid backup solution, you can add a layer of protection to help assure that your information is secure, protected, and intact, as required by HIPAA.