What is HIPAA Compliant Hosting?

Healthcare organization or entities that handle sensitive electronic protected health information (ePHI) are subject to the Privacy and Security Rules of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Noncompliance with the administrative, physical, and technical safeguards of HIPAA can result in hefty fines, criminal charges, and damage to your company's reputation that is hard to overcome as a result of a breach.

Who needs HIPAA compliant hosting…

Most healthcare organizations today don't have the bandwidth, facility capacity and IT resources to deploy, manage, and maintain their data center to house their ePHI, apps, and other supporting systems.. When you need to outsource your data center hosting, you must turn to a HIPAA compliant hosting provider.

Before you decide what type of hosting situation would work best for your business model, security and privacy needs, and IT requirements, you need a firm understanding of what HIPAA compliant hosting is and isn't.

What HIPAA compliant hosting is…

Hosting solutions vary depending on your needs. You can choose colocation hosting where you own and manage your equipment that a data center stores, or cloud hosting where the hosting provider maintains and manages the IT infrastructure and cloud systems, or a hybrid solution that allows for a more customized IT environment.

What's most important about understanding HIPAA compliant hosting is that the hosting provider must adhere to the physical, technical, and administrative safeguards, and sign a Business Associate Agreement that legally makes them accountable and responsible for compliance.

What HIPAA compliant hosting isn't…

HIPAA compliant hosting isn't the be-all and end-all to compliance. A compliant hosting provider can assure you that necessary safeguards are being met or exceeded on their end, but that doesn't mean you're in compliance.

You still bear the responsibility for ensuring compliance end-to-end. Working with a HIPAA compliant hosting provider makes that easier, but it doesn't take care of it completely.

The AGILE difference.

When you visit our data center facilities, you’ll notice AGILE’s approach to HIPAA compliant hosting security as an ongoing responsibility. We're not satisfied with the level of security that's offered by other providers. AGILE goes above and beyond—compliance is our core mission.

Visit one of our data centers to see what puts AGILE above the rest.

For more information about our HIPAA Compliant Hosting, please contact us or call 855.495.0098.