Securing Your Sensitive PHI

Published: October 4, 2021

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A Certified HIPAA Security Expert is focused on HIPAA Security regulation and implementation of the HIPAA security rule. This certification is for the HIPAA security compliance team members who have received extensive and in-depth HIPAA training, testing to ensure security efficacy, and the continual development of system management protocols to future-proof your network.

 

What is a HIPAA certification and who should be certified?

HIPAA’s goal is to keep protected health information (PHI) safe and secure, whether it exists in a physical or electronic form. If your company stores or processes any sort of PHI, you must be HIPAA-compliant. This certification is recommended but not limited to those that may encounter PHI during the course of a workday such as:

  • IT Managers
  • IT Staff
  • IT Consultants providing services to the health care industry.
  • Software Developers servicing the health care Industry
 
So how do you achieve HIPAA compliance?

Draft your HIPAA policies - to become HIPAA-compliant, your company must establish clear policies and procedures for how you manage PHI and your company's data security practices by drafting policies around HIPAA Breach Notifications and HIPAA Sanctions.

Verify your vendors’ security - the HIPAA Privacy Rule requires all covered entities to have a signed Business Associate Agreement (BAA) with any Business Associate they engage with that may come in contact with PHI.

Maintain and monitor your security needs and dependencies – by running routine checks for security measures like encrypted storage and data backup, and ensures that you’re protecting the confidentiality, integrity, availability, and privacy of PHI across your system.

Identify risks and mitigation steps - every company has risks. Developing a plan that can help to identify risks and establish a series of steps to mitigate those issues helps protect your business and the persons whose PHI you have access to.

 

How can OFFSITE’s HIPAA certification help you through this process?

Managed IT Help Desk – a managed help desk works much like an internal help desk. Users needing support will contact their Managed Help Desk via a ticketing system, phone call, or email. By utilizing a managed help desk, your business would utilize OFFSITE’s team of system and security engineers to handle the servicing and support of your company’s technologies allowing you to focus on growing your business.

 

Mobile Device Management - Mobile device management (MDM) allows IT administrators to control, secure, and enforce policies on smartphones, tablets, and other endpoints. The intent of MDM is to optimize the functionality and security of mobile devices within the enterprise while simultaneously protecting the corporate network. Let OFFSITE handle the heavy lifting when it comes to monitoring and managing mobile devices so your employees can work safely and securely.

 

Secure HIPAA Compliant Colocation - We take compliance seriously. Every one of our data centers is subjected to rigorous auditing to ensure our security controls. HIPAA Compliant Colocation includes access to our uninterruptible power, network, and AC infrastructure at our secure, high availability data centers to ensure PHI availability. HIPAA compliance relies more on process than simply technology, and OFFSITE's compliant colocation solutions work to ensure that all compliance requirements are fully realized to ensure the safety of your critical data and applications.

 

HIPAA Compliance Secure Private Cloud - a HIPAA compliant private cloud environment will make sure that your network, your security, your technologies that interact with PHI are protected through every stage while being accessed in association with the customer or user. OFFSITE’s team of engineers works with your operations and IT departments to make sure your tools, training, policies, and procedures are stored and accessed securely from your private cloud.

 

Data Management - Data management is the practice of managing data as a valuable resource to unlock its potential for your organization. In order to effectively manage your data, OFFSITE’s engineers will work with you to develop a data strategy around deploying a reliable methodology to accessing, managing, and storing your sensitive data.

 

Data Loss Prevention (DLP) - Data loss prevention encompasses a series of tools and processes used to ensure that sensitive data is not lost, misused, or accessed by unauthorized users. The team at OFFSITE utilizes a number of processes and tools to detect potential data breaches and while monitoring and securing your sensitive data while it’s being accessed on your network, by your users, and in the cloud.

 

Since 2001, OFFSITE has provided clients with private cloud services, IaaS, custom colocation services, business continuity services, network operations center (NOC) services, and hosted and managed solutions that help our customers leverage the latest technologies to protect your business. We work tirelessly to address the ongoing challenges associated with the accessibility, management, and storage of sensitive HIPAA data. Secure your business, your network, your security, and your data with a customized HIPAA solution from OFFSITE, LLC. Call 262-564-6400 or email HIPAA@off-site.com for more information.