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5 HIPAA-Compliant Cloud Computing Services Keeping Patient Information Secure

Transfer, store, and process patient data while maintaining compliance with these critical HIPAA cloud computing tools

The healthcare industry is rapidly digitizing. Consumers are widely adopting wearable tech to track daily health and have embraced the convenience of telehealth calls to fit routine doctor’s visits into their daily lives. Hospitals and healthcare providers are responding in kind, with nearly 90% of office-based physicians using an electronic medical records system to collect, store, and track patient information. 

Many healthcare organizations are turning to HIPAA cloud computing solutions to securely gather and process this wealth of data, with the market projected to reach $90 billion by 2027. Determining which tools you need to manage patient data effectively — while keeping privacy and security intact — is the first step to completing a successful cloud migration. Read on to discover which tools are best for organizations that need to process data in a HIPAA-compliant framework.

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5 Best HIPAA Cloud Computing Services

DuploCloud

Amazon Redshift

Google BigQuery

Azure Synapse

Panoply

Automate HIPAA-Compliant Cloud Infrastructure With DuploCloud

Learn more about the rules, regulations, risks, and benefits of healthcare cloud computing with Cloud Computing in Healthcare: A Comprehensive Guide.

The 5 Best HIPAA Cloud Computing Services

DuploCloud

Stitching together the infrastructure necessary to power cloud-native applications requires specialized expertise and the implementation of thousands of lines of code. The infrastructure must also adhere to hundreds of different standards to maintain cloud computing HIPAA compliance. Failure to meet even one can lead to costly fines and potential data breaches. 

DuploCloud aims to automate as much cloud infrastructure formation as possible, reducing time, labor costs, and the potential for introducing human error into code. It accomplishes this by mapping the cloud provider’s security controls to the HIPAA compliance standard. In addition, the company supports SOC 2, PCI-DSS, HITRUST, NIST, GDPR, and more. And because many of the requirements for maintaining data compliance with national and global regulations require standardized configurations, DuploCloud can automate nearly all of the infrastructure set-up.

Read our latest whitepaper to learn more about how DuploCloud maps automated compliance configuration to the HIPAA controls matrix to speed up deployment times, reduce cloud operating costs, and maintain compliance.

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Amazon Redshift

Amazon Redshift is the world’s most widely-used cloud data warehouse, providing real-time and predictive analytic insights without the need to manage your data warehouse infrastructure. Redshift builds data clusters to scale with use, allowing organizations to provision only the necessary computing power or storage and upgrade as business needs require.

Redshift ensures a HIPAA-compliant cloud server through hardware-accelerated Advanced Encryption Standard (AES)-256 symmetric keys. Teams will then need to use AWS Key Management Service or AWS Cloud HSM (Hardware Security Module) to manage the encrypted cluster keys for the Amazon Redshift cluster. AWS then encourages connections containing PHI to use transport encryption and evaluate the configuration for consistency.

AWS provides a two-month free trial under the AWS Free Tier pricing plan, with on-demand pricing scaling to the necessary storage capacity at an hourly rate.

Google BigQuery

Google BigQuery is a serverless, multicloud data warehouse that forms the core of Google’s unified data cloud offerings. It’s a fully-managed platform — meaning Google takes care of infrastructure while allowing you to manage up to a petabyte of data through its SQL-powered platform. Users can interact with Big Query through the cloud console interface, the command line, or hook up APIs to other tools you may need.

Google maintains a HIPAA-compliant server across many of its products, including BigQuery, and executing a BAA will cover the entire Google Cloud Platform infrastructure. To ensure HIPAA compliance for cloud services, Google undergoes several annual audits, including PCI-DSS v3.2.1, ISO 27001, SSAE16 / ISAE 3402 Type II, and more. Google servers encrypt customer content at rest, but Google also makes several recommendations for teams to ensure security on the platform, including exporting audit logs to cloud storage for long-term archival and BigQuery analytic review.

Google provides all customers with 10GB of storage and up to 1 TB of queries each month for free, then scales up based on the amount of data you need to store and the size of queries your organization makes. Loading, copying, or exporting data is free with BigQuery.

Azure Synapse

Azure Synapse is a highly flexible cloud data analysis platform, providing serverless or dedicated options built to scale. Synapse is a unified analytics solution, giving data scientists a single dashboard to ingest, explore, or serve data across multiple data sources and systems. To aid in set-up, Synapse also allows data teams to use one of several preferred languages, including T-SQL, KQL, Python, SQL, and .Net and even features code-free hybrid data integration to ingest data from over 95 native connectors.

Azure services (including Synapse) map to HIPAA/HITRUST compliance domains and controls to maintain HIPAA server compliance. Microsoft provides audit results for any controls it is responsible for, along with a compliance dashboard to aid in assessing compliance for any resources stored on or used by Azure cloud servers.

Pricing is structured to reflect the platform’s flexible nature. Teams can pay-as-they-go for offerings like data integration, warehousing, and analytics, or they can pre-purchase “Synapse Commit Units” in bulk values and redeem them on any Synapse-related service (other than storage) over 12 months.

Panoply

Panoply is a managed extract, load, and transform (ELT) and cloud data warehouse designed to allow integrations with dozens of resources, including Quickbooks, AppsFlyer, Salesforce, Zendesk, Square, and many more. Then, users can integrate business intelligence (BI) tools and start analyzing their data directly in the cloud. This integration is managed directly from the platform, requiring little to no code. 

Panoply also includes specialized integration for PHI, supporting multiple SQL databases, Amazon S3 buckets, and more in HIPAA-compliant computer storage and analysis solutions to aid healthcare organizations. Panoply has worked with providers and healthcare networks like Symphony Care, Park Dental, and NurseGrid.

Panoply’s pricing breaks down into four separate tiers based on storage capacity and the size of queries. However, more expensive tiers include additional support features, month-to-month data query rollover, and customized data recipes. Organizations can purchase services on a monthly or annual basis.

Automate HIPAA-Compliant Cloud Infrastructure With DuploCloud

Building the necessary infrastructure to maintain compliance within cloud-native applications requires time, resources, and specialized expertise that many teams simply don’t have access to. That’s where DuploCloud can help.

DuploCloud is a DevOps-as-a-Service infrastructure automation platform that stitches together the necessary app deployment, diagnostics, CI/CD, auditing, and cloud services for your product, ensuring applications are up and running fast and without error. DuploCloud maps to the HIPAA-compliant guidelines out-of-the-box. Read our latest whitepaper to learn more about how DuploCloud’s HIPAA-compliant cloud services help teams deploy ten times faster with 70% reduced cloud operating costs.