For an industry so tied to physical records, healthcare has seen an astonishing amount of progress in recent years in terms of digitization and technological advances. From the digitization of individual healthcare records, to the growing push for big data in healthcare, the healthcare industry has been met recently with an increasing need for large amounts of data storage.
Certainly, businesses in the healthcare industry have the option to build their own data centres and keep data in-house. But with HIPAA and all the physical data centre security needs that come along with it, doing so can be more of a chore than it's worth for companies with large amounts of data.
Regardless of whether you're dealing with a data centre internally or through a third party, HIPAA mandates that businesses handling electronic protected health information (ePHI, or individually identifiable health information) take certain steps to safeguard said data. HealthIT.gov gives a good general overview:
The HIPAA Security Rule establishes national standards to protect individuals’ electronic protected health information (e-PHI) that is created, received, used, or maintained by a HIPPA covered entity. The Security Rule requires appropriate administrative, physical and technical safeguards to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and security of ePHI.
These safeguards, when applied well, can help you avoid some of the common security gaps that lead to cyber attack or data loss. They can protect the people, information, technology, and facilities that you may depend on to carry out your primary mission: helping your patients.
The HIPAA Security Rule requires covered providers to implement security measures, which help protect patients’ privacy by creating the conditions for patient health information to be available but not be improperly used or disclosed.
And here at Telx, we abide by those mandates by providing appropriate physical and technical safeguards to help you ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and security of ePHI.
Recently, Telx has engaged in efforts to comply with HIPAA standards across our fleet of 21 data centres all over the country. What that means for you as a business dealing with ePHI is that we're prepared to partner with your firm as a Business Associate (BA). If you're looking for a secure, reliable data centre solution and work with sensitive healthcare information, our compliance with HIPAA and our SOC2 compliance show that we can help you to comply with federal regulations and industry standards.
There's no such thing as too much emphasis on security in today's day and age, and our recent HIPAA compliance efforts are yet another way that Telx is taking the security of your business' data seriously.
If your business deals with sensitive health information and you'd like to learn more about HIPAA compliance in a data centre or about what Telx's HIPAA compliance means, you can see our compliance page here, or reach out to us via the contact page of our site, by Facebook, or by Twitter.