HIPAA Compliance

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 was enacted in an attempt to curb administrative healthcare costs, promote confidentiality of patients’ records, and encourage the industry to switch to electronic communication. Part of the law states that any health-related business that electronically stores data relating to a patient or patients must have backup and recovery plans for that data, as well as an emergency plan.

Offsite data storage has emerged as an ideal response to HIPAA’s requirements. Medical offices are always at risk for natural or manmade disasters, which have the potential to ruin the computers and the data stored inside. By keeping a copy of the data in a secure location elsewhere, that risk is minimized, and patients’ records can be retained and accessed as usual.

Beyond physical damage, data is always susceptible to theft or deletion. Secure offsite data backup keeps information safe regardless of any actions taken, either accidentally or willfully. The backup systems update the data stores automatically, by retrieving new information via a secure Internet connection and then encrypting it for storage. These updates can be scheduled daily, weekly, or as often as needed.

By securing your data in an offsite data center, you not only protect yourself from accidents, but also maintain complete compliance with HIPAA. It’s an easy solution to what could be a complex task—both you and the government can be assured of your data’s reliability, authenticity, and accessibility. Without any expensive new software or hardware, offsite data backup offers affordable and reliable protection.