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What is HIPAA-Compliant Cloud Storage?

Friday, November 11th, 2016

HIPAA-compliant cloud storage complies with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) to ensure the security of healthcare patients’ data stored on remote servers accessed from the internet.

HIPAA governs how healthcare providers and their business associates, as defined in the Act, can store, manage, and share personal health information (PHI). If you’re a healthcare provider (or a cloud storage provider working with a healthcare provider), it’s important to understand how HIPAA applies to cloud storage.

With the rising popularity of services like iCloud and Dropbox, many people and companies have become more comfortable with cloud storage. There’s no question these services are convenient; being able to access universally synced data anytime, anywhere, from any device, is incredible.

HIPAA-compliant cloud storage

But that doesn’t mean these services are HIPAA-compliant. HIPAA introduces particular requirements that not every cloud storage provider satisfies.

Don’t make the mistake of assuming that a particular cloud storage option will comply with HIPAA. Storing your data “in the cloud” can make it difficult to achieve the level of security required of healthcare.

Here’s what you need to know about cloud storage to make sure your data is safe and sound — and HIPAA-compliant.

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LuxSci as SMTP Relay for Gmail = LuxSci Encryption for Google

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Gmail and Google Apps users can route their outbound email through LuxSci to take advantage of SecureLine email encryption, which enables HIPAA compliant sent messages, plus LuxSci’s extensive outbound email management tools.  If you prefer the Google interface or need to use it for some reason, but require encryption and/or compliance, you can meet your needs by adding on LuxSci.

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Google Apps HIPAA Compliance Gotchas: Email encryption not included and higher price

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

There has been a lot of hype about Google offering a Business Associate Agreement to paid Google Apps customers who must abide by HIPAA regulations.  Those who are familiar with Google may be under the incorrect assumption that simply signing up for Google Apps will solve all their HIPAA compliance challenges.  This seems to be increasingly less likely as of October, 2014.

Myths and hidden costs pervade this equation. If a HIPAA-aspiring entity isn’t fully educated about the finer details of the compliance process, they could end up paying very large amounts of money for Google services and still be non-compliant. Here we discuss some misconceptions about Google services as they apply to HIPAA to help you avoid the pitfalls of non-compliance.

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Google Apps Users Beware – Your Web Browser May Not Work!

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

Many of our customers use Google Apps in conjunction with LuxSci email and web services.  One relatively new policy of Google Apps has caused and will cause many problems for customers who are forced to use “legacy” web browsers — Google only supports the latest 2 major versions of each browser. It already does not support Internet Explorer v6 and v7 and will soon force Windows users to upgrade to Windows Vista or higher.

What does this mean?

If your web browser is not upgraded and recent, you may not be able to access Google Apps or it may not work properly for you.  Google has been and will continue to design their site so that it works properly only with the latest browsers, disregarding any compatibility issues with older versions.

For example, Internet Explorer is currently at Version 9.  This means that Google and its sites currently support only versions 8 and 9 of Internet Explorer.  If you use version 6 or 7, then you are out of luck unless you upgrade!  Their site may not work properly for you or may break without notice and the only recourse is to upgrade or use another, more recent, web browser.

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