DCS Assists with HIPAA Backup Compliance

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) impacts just about every health-related organization in the U.S. Virtually all healthcare and healthcare related industries will be affected by HIPPA and new legislation including all health care providers (even one-physician offices), health insurance plans, employers and employees, public health systems, hospitals, nursing homes, life insurers, clearinghouses, billing services, information systems and vendors, colleges and universities. An integral part of HIPPA is focused on the secure transmission and storage of confidential patient records. Non-compliance with these regulations provides for both civil as well as criminal penalties. To be HIPAA compliant, healthcare organizations must provide and maintain appropriate technical and physical safeguards to ensure integrity, privacy, and availability of patient information.

Under The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, healthcare industry organizations must provide privacy as well as security of an individual’s personal health information. HIPPA demands that providers must safeguard against reasonably anticipated threats or hazards in transit and while in secure storage. Physical safeguards and technical procedures to protect patient information must also be in place. Instead of spending large sums of money by bring their own IT departments into HIPAA compliance, DCS Backup clients are able to utilize the latest technology to provide a practical data security and storage solution without compromising patient privacy at an affordable price.

With DCS Backup, patient information is secure using 256-bit AES encryption before it is transmitted to our redundant servers over a high speed SSL connection. Our secure, class A Network Operation Centers provide the client with the ultimate in security and confidence. Physical access is highly restricted through administrative procedures, physical safeguards, and the latest in technical security measures to prevent unauthorized use. Access to data requires that designated personnel provide an authorized encryption passcode, making unauthorized access virtually impossible. Only the client is in possession of this important piece of the overall security.

HIPAA also requires healthcare providers to retain electronic patient records for a minimum of six (6) years. HIPPA also strictly forbids unauthorized access to individual health records. In order to comply, DCS Backup provides a cost effective way to store patient data indefinitely in secured facilities, in a compressed and encrypted format.

DCS Backup features daily automatic backups scheduled by the user. Backups can be made as often as desired and can even be done continuously! Backups can be restored to any location, 24/7. Our customer service team is available around the clock for your convenience. Daily backup audits and confirmation e-mails with transfer logs ensure the integrity of every data backup set. This will provide the user with a clear audit trail, if necessary. A guided tour of one of our data centers is available upon request.