Healthcare organizations are dependent on data. From prescriptions to medical records, patients’ information is collected in forms that must be accurately tracked for compliance purposes. Healthcare facilities need to secure their IT infrastructure even more so than other industries.
When it comes to information management, security and privacy laws are quite confusing. There is federal, state, and association law governing the same subject matter. To make matters worse, there are frequent changes in the law in this area. With so many rules and regulations that must be followed, Healthcare organizations can sometimes feel overwhelmed. However, following these rules is crucial, for both preventing data breaches and protecting hospitals from penalties and fines.
Protecting the privacy and security of health information remains a top priority as the industry continues to grow and evolve. Recent revisions to the HIPAA Security Rule brought a higher standard for protecting electronically protected health information (ePHI). These changes raise the bar for maintaining information security.
Over the years, colocation data centers have become an important tool for IT departments, but their flexibility has turned the concept of colocation into a trusted solution for many companies, including healthcare organizations.
A Colocation Data Center (CDN) is a third-party data center used by companies to host their servers and other physical IT devices. Since companies engaged in hospital service industries are required by law to use specific data protection standards on their servers, they are responsible for selecting federally compliant CDNs.
Why Healthcare Facilities Need to Secure Their IT Infrastructure with a Colocation Data Center
Compliance with data security standards is another major incentive to colocate. Many companies are obligated, by way of their customers’ security-related contractual agreements, to keep their computing and storage facilities separate from those of competing concerns. Given the physical proximity of many office buildings’ IT holdings, this can be a challenge. However, healthcare facilities need to secure their IT infrastructure to not only maintain compliance but trust with their patients as well.
Colocation services enable businesses to offload their IT departments and costs while retaining control of the data. While this arrangement is ideal for companies with large computing demands, the colocation market has grown from being a niche concern to one that is tailored for businesses of any size.
Colocation leases are a very popular IT outsourcing solution due to the predictable monthly costs and flexible payment terms. But not many folks realize that the logistics involved can also be taken care of. Because of the popularity of colocation data centers, you will find many of these facilities will offer database hosting, application hosting, managed services, and/or cloud solutions all under one roof.
Physical security for a data center also is an important issue. Clients’ privacy, intellectual property, and other important information are housed within the colocation facility. Off-premise, colocation data centers install cutting-edge, multi-layered physical security measures as part of their operation.
At the end of the day, colocation data centers are more important than ever for the healthcare industry. Not only do they provide numerous technical and financial benefits, but they also prevent critical security failures—the greatest fear of any healthcare organization.
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