The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) sets the guidelines for how a person’s protected health information is treated and safeguarded. Specifically, it spells out the rules for acquiring, modification, sharing, disclosure, transmission and protection of customer data by the specter of organizations engaged in providing healthcare and insurance services. Titled “covered entities”, these participants are required to abide by the law of non-disclosure of customers’ health data and facilitate its secure safekeeping and transmission. According to the law, the covered entity, which could be a health provider, pharmacy, insurance company, rehabilitation institution and other related parties are fully accountable for the integrity of information entrusted to it. The following requirements apply under the HIPAA legislation:
DSS HIPAA Compliance
What is HIPAA Compliance?
For more information on the HIPAA regulation requirements, consult this website.
Amazon S3 and HIPAA Compliance
The Amazon S3 platform offers a cost-efficient alternative to store your customers’ digital records. All incoming data is automatically duplicated across several distinct locations to provide high durability and availability of customer data. The implemented encryption algorithms protect the confidentiality of in-transit (inbound and outbound) and “at-rest” (resident) data as required by the HIPAA provision. The industry-grade authentication helps delegate specific access control permissions to different user and administrator accounts.
Try DSS Cloud Backups with HIPAA Compliance
In accordance to HIPAA, covered entities are obliged to assure their customers’ data is highly available and can be recovered in case the disaster affects its main storage repository. This type of redundancy is generally achieved through data backups which are placed at a geographically disperse location.
DSS backup solutions utilize Amazon’s proven AWS platform to store customer data. The software is deployed within seconds and helps to seamlessly backup customers’ data, transfer it to the cloud, and retrieve it any time it’s needed. The HIPAA requirements are addressed across every stage of the cloud backup transaction: