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Rebit PC Backup Software Supports HIPPA Compliance

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Rebit PC backup software can play an essential part in helping businesses stay HIPAA Compliant.

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability (HIPAA) and its privacy and security rules play a vital role in protecting the private health data of patients. Due to the pace at which technology is changing, information has become more accessible. Because of that, we are seeing revisions to these regulations to stay up-to-date with the current state of affairs, and changing technology.

It is mandatory that entities and organizations that provide or pay for healthcare services be HIPAA compliant. Otherwise, there are high chances of hefty fines, and in the most severe scenarios, the organizations may incur the loss of their medical licenses.

Under HIPAA, the organizations need to facilitate processes that create and maintain retrievable copies of Protected Health Information (PHI). These backup processes should also follow specific guidelines.

HIPPA security rules establish several basic principles for organizations to ensure the integrity, availability, and confidentiality of all PHI that is created, received, managed, or transferred. Backup is mandatory under HIPPA compliance and an essential means of protection against such risks. In this case, both institutions maintaining user data and business partners must comply with legislative regulations. For instance, if cloud storage is used, cloud service providers are considered as partners and must be HIPAA compliant as well.

Rebit PC backup software supports HIPPA and the data backup needs of those customers subject to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, as amended, as Covered Entities or Business Associates. Rebit comprehends the unique needs of storing Protected Health Information (PHI).

Backing up your business’ data is important; keeping your patient data secure, even more so. Rebit understands the unique requirements of storing Protected Health Information (PHI).

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HIPPA & Cloud Solutions:

Organizations that handle sensitive data require regulatory compliance often have computing needs, which make them ideal contenders to benefit from the Cloud. The medical practitioners who are covered under the HIPPA Act and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act must have confidence in the availability and security of their IT systems.  This is not because it is a requirement by law, but because their delivery of critical services depends on it.

HIPAA compliance is built on satisfying a set of requirements, which includes the Breach Notification Rule, the Privacy Rule, and the Security Rule. Healthcare companies are also anxious about the HITECH Act, which regulates the electronic transmission of health information.

Failure in HIPAA compliance can result in jail time, and more frequently in fines of thousands or even millions of dollars for a covered entity (CE), such as a health data clearinghouse, health plan, or a health care provider.

Let’s have a look into one of such cases: 

“Sentara Hospital, a not-for-profit organization, serves Virginia and North Carolina. It comprises of nursing and assisted-living centers, advanced imaging centers, outpatient campuses, rehabilitation services, physical therapy, home health and hospice agency, a 3,800-provider medical staff, and four medical groups.

In April 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) received a complaint regarding Sentara Hospitals, whereby Sentara had sent a bill to an individual with the protected health information (PHI) of another patient. When the Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. investigated, they found that Sentara mailed 577 patients’ PHI to wrong addresses that included critical information like patient names, account numbers, and dates of services. Sentara was found to violate the HIPPA Act Breach Notification and Privacy Rules. This violation cost them $2.175.”

What is the Rebit HIPPA Solution?

How does Rebit address HIPAA requirements for our customers? It implements (and engages with third-party partners who implement) administrative, physical, and technical safeguards designed to ensure the integrity, security, and confidentiality of your data in the following ways:

  1. HIPAA Compliance: Rebit Software hosts and stores your data on HIPAA-compliant servers.
  2. Security: Rebit ensures your data stored is physically secure with protective measures that restrict unauthorized access.
  3. Backups for Disasters: Rebit works as an essential component in any disaster recovery plan as protection against theft, hardware failure, deletion, virus attacks, and natural disaster.

Purchasing Rebit for Customers Subject to HIPAA

Utilizing Rebit PC Backup Software is ridiculously simple. The same is true for customers subject to HIPAA. The same great software will work for you. There are two options for purchasing Rebit Backup for HIPAA customers:

  1. Businesses may purchase the standard Rebit software from the Rebit Business Shop. Learn more about Rebit Business.
  2. Businesses may purchase licenses and cloud storage from their Rebit Business Partner. Please contact your Partner for more information.

Utilizing Rebit to Backup Data that Contains PHI

Rebit software address HIPAA requirements for our customers by implementing (and engaging with third-party partners who implement) administrative, physical and technical safeguards that are designed to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and security of your data. Learn more about these safeguards at Rebit Backup HIPAA Compliance.

Either your business administrator or your Rebit Business Partner will then enable the PHI settings on a per-user basis. Learn more about How to enable the Rebit PHI flag for HIPAA customers.

Rebit PHI flag for HIPAA customers

Rebit & Its Robust Backup Options:

Rebit is unique in that it allows users to back data up seamlessly across multiple destinations, including:

  1. Cloud
  2. Local (USB or internal hard drives)
  3. Network-attached storage

Rebit software can assist in storing backups of PHI data across these three destinations. Data backed up to the Cloud is securely sent and stored in facilities that address HIPAA requirements. For customers who use Rebit to store data locally or via their own network, the customer is solely responsible for addressing HIPAA requirements for that storage.

Learn More and Next Steps

Please utilize the following resources for more information on Rebit and HIPAA:

  1. Overview of Rebit Backup HIPAA Compliance
  2. Information on the Rebit Partner Program
  3. Information on Rebit Business Solutions
  4. Knowledge Base: How to Enable the HIPAA PHI Flag
  5. Contact Support for any questions related to HIPAA
  6. Terms of Service and End User Agreement

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