What To Look For In A HIPAA Web Hosting Service Provider?
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability act or HIPAA plays an important role in protecting and preserving the rights for health plans of the beneficiaries and in order for the medical practitioners, health care providers and billing companies to comply to the security standards, they ensure that their computing platforms, billing systems and applications are updated and protected. Also, HIPAA web hosting service providers provides a great help in the medical industry to comply with HIPAA through a reliable compliant system.
HIPAA web hosting providers allows the health care providers to ensure a reliable and high quality system. Also, opting for HIPAA web hosting will aid inexperienced or newly established health care companies to set up and manage their systems. With the standard requirements for the HIPAA compliance, the health care providers are more eager to hire HIPAA web hosting companies with expertise, advanced technology and optimum services to ensure that they will be able to fully protect every patient's health information and avoid any HIPAA violation and since keeping a system with all the personal information of your patients are confidential and critical, you will need a hosting company. So, here are the factors you can consider in hiring a HIPAA web hosting service provider.
Experience. The more experienced a hosting company is, the more you are sure that they will be able to determine and implement appropriate security and that they have a full understanding about regulatory compliance.
HIPAA Audit. It is quite important for you to verify if your hosting provider is really an HIPAA compliant by determining whether they are 100% compliant across the 136 audited components and 54 HIPAA citations. If you provide yourself with a solid web hosting provider, protecting your patient's welfare will be successful.
Business Associate Agreement. BAA is important in determining how the data is being handled when the service is already terminated. It is necessary for you to look for a hosting provider that has a high level of understanding about the BAA requirements including the previous year's Omnibus Rule.
Confidentiality and integrity of PHI. A reputable hosting provider is able to explain the standard IT services for HIPAA that includes the separate database, web servers, private firewall, data encryption and any other physical or technical safeguards. Their security rule must depend on your business size, capability, operation and complexity.
Procedures. Your hosting provider must provide you written procedures and policies with specific security and privacy rules as required by the HIPAA regulations.
Employee training. You have to look for hosting companies with employees who are well-trained with regards to logical security, physical security, security policies, data protection, password use, reporting and risk response and others to ensure that you can prevent any HIPAA violation. With Ultra Web Hosting, we help secure these environments and are the only employees with physical access to the servers.
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