HIPAA Compliant Cloud Storage: How to Pick the Right Solution

You must take compliance into account as an MSP working with healthcare clients. This is so that you can engage with patient data in a variety of contexts. Backups, file-sharing services, hosted VoIP, and other cloud applications with access to client data may all fall under this category.

 Your healthcare clients must have faith that you are managing their data with HIPAA-compliant solutions, including the cloud storage service you employ. What is therefore important to understand about HIPAA compliant and cloud storage?

HIPAA and Cloud Storage: Choosing a Vendor

Understanding what HIPAA demands of cloud storage solutions is vital when deciding which provider is best for your healthcare clients.

1 Confidentiality

Providers of HIPAA-compliant cloud storage must have safeguards in place to guarantee the privacy of patient data stored on their systems. To avoid hacking issues, all ePHI on cloud storage needs to be secured.

Role-based access and multi-factor user authentication are essential for preventing illegal or inappropriate data access.

2. Integrity

Cloud storage solutions should include baselining and hashing techniques and make sure the platform is set up to comply with HIPAA in order to avoid patient data from being improperly altered.

Several approaches, such as high-availability and integrity layer (HAIL) and proved data possession, can maintain data integrity in cloud storage (PDP).

HIPAA Compliant Cloud Storage: How to Pick the Right Solution

Additionally, there are a number of cloud security monitoring tools that regularly check the quality of cloud data against the most recent state of good data and alert administrators to any discrepancies.

3. Privacy and Security of PHI

The HIPAA requirements for PHI security and privacy in the cloud are the same as they would be for a conventional data centre. End-to-end encryption is therefore necessary.

Access to data must also be traceable. To comply with HIPAA regulations, several CSPs have implemented the appropriate measures to encrypt data. But not all of them fully implement the law.

As a result, it is your duty as the client’s trusted advisor to understand if the CSP has complied with all security regulations or whether you need to take additional precautions to safeguard client data.

Does CSP provide MFA?

Is it possible to create role-based access controls?

Do audit traces exist?

4. Accessibility and Ownership of Data

Healthcare organisations must grant access to their data in accordance with the HIPAA Privacy Rule.

This becomes especially crucial when a client stops using the provider. Healthcare clients must be able to extract their data at the conclusion of service from CSPs that comply with HIPAA regulations.