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Need to comply with HIPAA? Here’s what to look for in a backup solution

June 22, 2015

From hospitals to walk-in clinics to doctor and dentist offices, if you’re responsible for software purchases at a U.S.-based healthcare organization, there’s a good chance you spend a lot of time thinking about the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

There’s a good reason for that. The government is serious about making sure healthcare organizations ensure the privacy and security of patients’ health information. The consequences – including fines and penalties – for failing to comply with HIPAA are higher than ever.

When looking for a backup solution, it’s important to remember different providers offer different levels of support for your HIPAA requirements – and Carbonite has made support for HIPAA compliance a high priority. Here’s a look at some key characteristics of Carbonite Pro and Carbonite Server Backup plans that help support your HIPAA compliance efforts:

Business Associate Agreement
Carbonite’s Business Associate Agreement (BAA) is based on the federal government’s standard, so you can rest easy knowing your backed-up data is secure and meets business associate compliance requirements.

Offsite backup
All data backed up to the cloud with Carbonite is stored in our highly secure data centers. Our data centers are physically secure with protective measures that restrict personnel access using biometric scanners, electronic key cards, and PIN codes. Additionally, on-site security officers guard the location 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Encryption
All data backed up with us is encrypted. Customer data is sent over a secure SSL connection, and remains encrypted while in transmission and in storage. While at the data centers, all your data remains encrypted.

Carbonite’s Pro and Server solutions
Carbonite Pro and Carbonite Server solutions are designed to meet the privacy and security safeguards as well as the notification requirements of HIPAA. At Carbonite, we understand that finding the right cloud backup solution is particularly important in the healthcare industry because it is intensely regulated, with numerous compliance requirements at the federal, state and local level. With the potential for reputational damage and steep financial and other penalties for non-compliance, it is critical to choose the right backup solution and trusted partner to facilitate HIPAA compliance.

The bottom line is that Carbonite is committed to supporting your HIPAA compliance efforts even as rules and regulation change over time. Learn more about how Carbonite supports HIPAA compliance.

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