Over the years, there’s been a lot of discussion on the impending influence of the Internet of Things (IoT). Everything from televisions to refrigerators to smart watches will introduce some sort of Internet connectivity for better analysis and consumer convenience. Soon, in 2016, we’ll see the first generation of these devices hit the mass market — and that includes devices, applications and services dealing with health-oriented issues. These devices, applications and services, however, will need to comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
The bulk of HIPAA revolves around two rules: the HIPAA Privacy Rule and the HIPAA Security Rule. Each rule establishes the standards by which certain patient health information can be handled or transferred in electronic form. The security rule, for example, addresses the technical and non-technical safeguards that organizations must have to secure electronic protected health information (e-PHI). The privacy rule details how e-PHI is handled by different organizations.
Few organizations can navigate HIPAA compliance on their own. Hosting data, alone, requires certain administrative, physical and technical safeguards. These safeguards can range from limited facility access to authorized access, audit reports and integrity controls. It should be no surprise, then, that many healthcare providers are turning to cloud services in order to comply with HIPAA — especially as more and more Internet-connected devices are entering the hospital and general healthcare field.
Regardless of whether a company is new, old, or transitioning into the healthcare arena, any organization processing healthcare data needs a data host capable of meeting with HIPAA compliance. With the vCloud Air Network, organizations can find a partner with just that. VMware’s HIPAA compliant partners include:
If you’re ready to get started with a HIPAA compliant partner, visit us at vCloudAirNetwork.com.