Tag: HIPAA compliance

Evidence that the world is going mobile is everywhere. The market for connected health technology is projected to hit $117 billion by 2020, and 86 percent of clinicians believe mobile apps will be central to patient health in that time frame. At least 50 percent of smartphone users have downloaded a mobile health app. We also see mobile’s growth with the appearance of tablets, more powerful smartphones and Fitbits. As healthcare patients turn into healthcare consumers, patient portals and apps …

Introduced in 2011, Service Organization Control (SOC) reports are becoming more and more popular in data security and compliance discussions with every passing year, especially SOC 2. But what is a SOC report? Which one do you need? Why is a SOC 2 report so important? Do you actually need it, or is it something that just looks good on paper? There are three types of SOC reports, but we’ll mainly talk about the second one for now, which is “designed …

Encryption has been widely talked about as one of the best tools to protect you against potential attacks on your data. For many companies processing credit card payments, encrypting data is required for compliance with standards such as PCI DSS and individual state laws. But if you’re in the healthcare industry, it’s even more important because it’s not required for hipaa compliance. What is encryption? It takes your data and codes it using a series of mathematical formulas to render …

To address the question of whether or not to use data encryption when it comes to meeting HIPAA compliance and keeping patient health information (PHI) protected, let’s revisit the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA): A covered entity must, in accordance with §164.306… Implement a mechanism to encrypt and decrypt electronic protected health information.” (45 CFR § 164.312(a)(2)(iv)) If you choose not to encrypt data, the HIPAA Security Rule states you must implement an equivalent solution to meet …

Safeguarding Patient Data in EHRs

Posted on November 26, 2015 by

A recent blog by the HIPAA, HITECH & HIT legal blog of Fox Rothschild revealed a survey administered by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services (HHS). The EHR (electronic health record) technology questionnaire is part of a study on fraud and abuse safeguards in EHRs. The questionnaire may serve as insight for hospitals attempting to establish safeguards with their digital systems to protect electronic protected health information (ePHI) and prevent a …

What does 2015 have in store for the data center and cloud computing industries? We sat down with Online Tech co-CEOs Yan Ness and Mike Klein to get some of their informed predictions: Klein on the changing customer requirements for cloud and data centers: “One of the most significant trends in the cloud and data center market in 2015 will be the way companies in industries outside of healthcare, retail and finance start to incorporate security and privacy into their …

As we all take a step back to reminisce about the past year and drop the ball on a new one, those of us at Online Tech have plenty of achievements to celebrate. We’ve called this, our 20th year of existence, “the most ambitious and successful 12 months” in the company history in a recent press release. That’s notable, considering our 20th anniversary story about how we’ve evolved from being Michigan’s first ISP in 1994 to a leader in secure …

When Online Tech opened its Indiana Data Center earlier this year, co-CEO Mike Klein said the company “saw a gap in secure cloud and data center infrastructure serving Indiana.” That gap continued to be filled when Online Tech launched its new and improved cloud infrastructure in mid-December, creating the only truly PCI, HIPAA and SOX-compliant cloud in Indianapolis. The enterprise-level cloud is built on EMC XtremIO all-flash array technology that offers clients faster application response times while increasing reliability and …

It’s official! Our newest data center in Indianapolis is open for business. We’re very excited to bring secure, compliant, enterprise class cloud, colocation and offsite backup and disaster recovery to Indianapolis. It’s a great pleasure to have the opportunity to serve Indiana businesses and its IT community from the 44,000 square foot facility on Merrill Street, minutes from downtown, that officially opened today. So what makes Online Tech unique in the Indianapolis market? Just like at our four other Midwest …

Michigan HIMSS 2014 Fall Conference

Posted on September 12, 2014 by

Online Tech rarely misses an opportunity to attend a HIMSS event, which are always packed with healthcare information management hot button topics and innovative ideas. So we’re particularly eager for next week’s Michigan HIMSS Chapter 2014 Fall Conference in Plymouth Township, just minutes from our Ann Arbor headquarters and three of our four Michigan data centers. The theme for the Sept. 16-17 event is “Health Information Technology: The Vision and the Value” and it will be held at The Inn …

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