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Cloud storage is a great way to store, share and archive your organization’s medical records. You may have considered this option but wondered if it was safe enough for the healthcare industry.

We hear about data breaches on the news weekly. No one wants to be the next victim. Especially when your industry is heavily regulated. Your healthcare organization just can’t be too cautious. Though it’s important to get good storage for all your medical records, you need to make sure that whatever resource you utilize will meet HIPAA compliance rules.

Are You Ready to Learn More About Cloud Providers?

The Cloud has a lot to offer the healthcare industry. Your employees can save time and your practice can save money. When all your data is in the cloud, it’s accessible from any device or location. All you need is an internet connection.

Below, we’ve outlined 4 important things to think about before making your final decision:

  1. Encryption – Encryption is fast-becoming the best option to prevent cyber thieves from stealing your medical records. This adds a strong layer of data protection and reduces the likelihood that your organization will be a victim of cybercrime.
  2. Data backups – Does your cloud provider offer the level of redundancy that your practice needs? Data backups must be performed at least daily and they must be tested to ensure they’ll work when needed. Even top-notch cloud providers have had issues in the past, so it might be helpful to consider an on-site storage option for additional protection.
  3. Access Monitoring –It’s important to monitor your network for unusual activity and to make sure everything is working as it should. Intrusion detection systems and robust firewalls are essential as well. Your cloud provider should send regular reports that show that your system is working properly and indicate any problems that may have arisen and how they were handled.
  4. Contracts & Agreements – Service level agreements are now required by most cloud providers. These outline the services that your managed IT company will provide. Your SLA should clearly describe how your managed service provider will handle all your data including confidential records.

Tips for Success: Avoid working with service providers who are unclear about exactly what services they provide and the cost for this. Any reputable managed IT services company should be able to answer all your questions to your satisfaction. This can prevent you from getting involved with a company that may not offer the high level of services that healthcare organizations require.

Contact Us

National Networks has years of experience working with Cloud technology. We offer a full suite of managed IT services that can help you with all compliance regulations for your healthcare agency.

If you’d like to learn more about how National Networks can prepare your business to meet HIPAA compliance, please contact us. We have the experience, resources, and tools to handle this complex but important issue. In Texas, call (409) 724- 0440 or in Louisiana, call (337) 474-4249.

Published on 20th March 2019 by Shawn Maggio