The Inaugural HIMSS Analytics Cloud Survey

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), the leading organization representing IT professionals working in the U.S. health care industry today has published its inaugural “HIMSS Analytics Cloud Survey.” It may surprise you to learn the top factors considered when evaluating a cloud services provider.

Credit: “2014 HIMSS Analytics Cloud Survey,” HIMSS, June 2014.

Five Most Important Criteria When Evaluating HIPAA Compliant Cloud Service Providers

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Evaluating HIPAA Compliant Cloud Service Providers - Business Associate Agreement

#1 Willingness to Enter a Business Associate Agreement (BAA)

We’ll readily provide and sign a BAA that is specific to the cloud hosting and services that we provide. We follow BAAs to the letter and will guide you through the process of understanding the rights and responsibilities established under the BAA.

Evaluating HIPAA Compliant Cloud Service Providers - Physical Security

#2 Physical Security of Cloud Service Provider and/or Data Center

Our trusted, primary Tier III and IV data centers are SSAE 16 and SOC-certified, disaster-resilient, and fault tolerant – with all the security features that you’d expect of a world class cloud hosting provider. Our data centers are also in multiple locations throughout North America, broadening your failover, online backup and disaster recovery options. Ask us about our international footprint too.

Evaluating HIPAA Compliant Cloud Service Providers - Technical Security

#3 Technical Security of Cloud Service Provider and/or Data Center

Because HIPAA/HITECH protects ePHI, we are required to achieve the highest levels of security within our data center and throughout our processes and controls. Our SLA is unsurpassed in the industry.

Evaluating HIPAA Compliant Cloud Service Providers - Compliance

#4 Compliance With Regulations and Laws

Our 100% Compliance Guarantee applies to all our clients, and we guarantee that your AISN-hosted environment will pass its HIPAA audit. Independent auditor KirkpatrickPrice routinely audits our administrative security, processes and controls to ensure our compliance with established standards, reports and control frameworks for HIPAA/HITECH, PCI DSS, FISMA, SOX and more.

Evaluating HIPAA Compliant Cloud Service Providers - Customer Service

#5 Customer Service

Since our founding in 1993, service excellence has been our hallmark. Whether you need minimal support or high-touch “white glove” service, our hosting experts integrate seamlessly into the fabric of your own IT team, and our certified auditing services professionals are at hand whenever you need them. With us, you’ll always know whom to call when you need help.