Data Backup & HIPAA

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through their HIPAA rules have enacted several mandates to improve the access and portability of patient health records while maintaining strict privacy and security. A critical aspect of the HIPAA privacy ruling is Data Protection, requiring compliant backup methodologies to ensure the security and confidentiality of patient records. Health care providers who engage in electronic transactions must observe privacy safeguards to restrict the use and disclosure of individually identifiable health information.

Virtual Density supports HIPAA compliance through automated off-site data protection with on-demand recovery, while ensuring strict data security and confidentiality.

HIPAA Requirements Regarding Patient & Practice Data

Patient record confidentiality is critical. Any electronic data transfer and storage must be adequately protected and secure from all unauthorized access.

Organizations are required to have a contingency plan to continue operations in the event of data loss. This contingency plan MUST include details concerning the data backup and recovery process, who handles the backup media, the media rotation process, where the media is stored off-site, how quickly it can be retrieved in the event of a disaster, and all other aspects associated with data backups, protection, security, storage, and recovery.

Data loss can result in further losses of productivity, patients/customers, and revenue. In many cases significant data loss will result in lost business. Fortunately, the damaging impact of data loss can be negated with a qualified data protection solution as part of your contingency plan.

HIPAA Recommended Data Protection Options