For many organizations in the United States, HIPAA compliance is critical to them. However, adhering to cloud security compliance regulations can be a time-consuming and frustrating process for some. If you are new to HIPAA, this post explains why it is important to your business and how ANEXIO can help you simplify the process of fulfilling HIPAA reporting requirements.
Understanding the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
HIPAA requires organizations to set up security measures that prevent unauthorized access to protected health information. Also known as PHI, protected health information includes patients’ names, addresses, health records, payments records, and more. Next, under HIPAA rules, basic security measures should include digital signatures, antivirus software, firewalls, data encryption, password protection, and more.
Not long ago, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued an official guidance on cloud computing and the HIPAA. It confirmed that the HIPAA rules apply to cloud service providers and their business associates. This means that entities covered by HIPAA may utilize a cloud service to process and store electronic protected health information. If you choose to use a public cloud service to maintain and process HIPAA data, your organization will be subject to comply with the regulation.
Is it Difficult to Achieve and Maintain HIPAA Compliance?
Cloud resource compliance auditing and reporting can be expensive, time-consuming, and challenging. That is why many business owners have the impression that meeting HIPAA compliance, in the cloud, is like so. In most cases, an organization can take over 400 hours to map controls to each compliance standard (manually), and then prepare and deliver the required reports. In subsequent years, it may take more than 200 hours for audit, reporting, and maintenance support. Sounds pretty exhausting doesn’t it?
ANEXIO Can Simplify the Process of Managing HIPAA Compliance
At ANEXIO, we can help you remove the complexity of meeting HIPAA compliance in the cloud. Wondering how we put our expertise into action?
- Audit reports: There are different areas of HIPAA compliance. ANEXIO can provide executive summaries for each area. As we help you report on your current HIPAA compliance posture and maintain past snapshots of your IT environment, you will be able to prove compliance for any past periods.
- Proactive remediation and monitoring: ANEXIO actively monitors cloud computing resources for violations. You will receive automated alerts when one occurs and instructions for remediation.
- HIPAA compliance dashboard: This allows both security and compliance teams to easily report on, monitor, and view HIPAA compliance statuses of all public cloud environments. You will be informed about resources that have passed or failed HIPAA requirements.
- Discovery of cloud resources: ANEXIO keeps track of the newest and latest cloud resources. We will profile them to understand which policies need to be assessed for HIPAA compliance.
Although HIPAA requirements are overwhelming by nature, meeting this regulatory compliance is never a time-consuming or stressful endeavor with ANEXIO. Regardless of your industry, we can help you tackle each stage of the HIPAA compliance process and secure your organization. Contact ANEXIO today to schedule a thorough assessment with us.