EasyCom data backup solutions facilitate transparent and secure aggregation, transmission, storage and retrieval of customer backup data from the local source to the Amazon cloud infrastructure, ensuring HIPAA compliance throughout any stage of the process.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) sets the guidelines for how a person’s protected health information is treated and safeguarded. Specifically, it spells out the rules for acquiring, modification, sharing, disclosure, transmission and protection of customer data by the specter of organizations engaged in providing healthcare and insurance services. Titled “covered entities”, these participants are required to abide by the law of non-disclosure of customers’ health data and facilitate its secure safekeeping and transmission. According to the law, the covered entity, which could be a health provider, pharmacy, insurance company, rehabilitation institution and other related parties are fully accountable for the integrity of information entrusted to it. The following requirements apply under the HIPAA legislation:
  • Privacy and confidentiality Protected health information should not be disclosed to unauthorized parties without consent of the bearer. This includes non-disclosure to employers, third-party individuals or organizations not directly involved in providing medical, insurance services, etc. to the owner of the data.
  • Availability The law stipulates that the copy of relevant information be provided to the bearer upon his/her request. The bearer has the right to edit and update the associated health records with the collaboration of the covered entity when necessary. The covered entity is also responsible for long-term storage and archival of the person’s health data.
  • Protection The law imposes rigorous restrictions on how the information is acquired, stored and transmitted. Regarding electronic data management which is prevalent today, it states that the covered entity must implement modern authentication and encryption mechanisms to prevent inappropriate viewing or eavesdropping.
For more information on the HIPAA regulation requirements, consult this website.
The Amazon S3 platform offers a cost-efficient alternative to store your customers’ digital records. All incoming data is automatically duplicated across several distinct locations to provide high durability and availability of customer data. The implemented encryption algorithms protect the confidentiality of in-transit (inbound and outbound) and “at-rest” (resident) data as required by the HIPAA provision. The industry-grade authentication helps delegate specific access control permissions to different user and administrator accounts. You can read more about the Amazon HIPAA compliance practices in this PDF document.
Instituting and enforcing HIPAA compliance is a demanding endeavor for small companies and private firms operating on a tight budget or possessing limited IT resources. Due to a variety of technical and organizational constraints such as steep hardware costs, the level of technical expertise and the amount of expended time and effort, mandatory HIPAA compliance could be a deal breaker for the new entrants or at least an important consideration factor for seasoned players. Delegating the task of protecting customers’ data to the world’s leading cloud storage provider can be a boon in this situation as it removes the technical variable from the equation. For healthcare and insurance providers that do not wish or cannot afford to deploy costly onsite HIPAA-compliant infrastructures, offloading data to the HIPAA-certified cloud platform can replace or complement local storage solutions. Another decisive win for the cloud storage is that it can be used to relocate massive amounts of locally residing historical records and archival data off the covered entity’s hard drives, NAS and tape devices over the Internet to the protected vault, thus vacating additional room for more immediate storage needs and decreasing the cost of ownership. The additional benefit of cloud storage is universal accessibility – cloud-based data can be shared with other authorized and intended recipients such as a fellow medical practitioner or the original owner of the information with ease and convenience. This is another HIPAA requirement that is effortlessly met with the advent of cloud technologies.
In accordance to HIPAA, covered entities are obliged to assure their customers’ data is highly available and can be recovered in case the disaster affects its main storage repository. This type of redundancy is generally achieved through data backups which are placed at a geographically disperse location. EasyCom’s backup solutions utilize Amazon’s proven AWS platform to store customer data. The software is deployed within seconds and helps to seamlessly backup customers’ data, transfer it to the cloud, and retrieve it any time it’s needed. The HIPAA requirements are addressed across every stage of the cloud backup transaction: On transit: any data sent to the cloud is automatically encrypted using the hardened SSL protocols which eliminate the possibility of an outsider gaining access to it. At rest: the information residing on the Amazon S3 cloud space is protected with the client side encryption up to 256 bit in strength and can incorporate over a dozen of industry-grade encryption algorithms (available options are: AES 128-256 bit, DES 64 bit, RC2 40-128 bit and 3DES 112-168 bit). Only the end user/covered entity owns the decryption key, which assures the integrity and privacy of data stored on the Amazon-run cloud. At no point does EasyCom, Inc. or any other unauthorized party have access to the customer data. All data transfers take place directly between the customer and Amazon S3, transparently to EasyCom which partakes to facilitate the exchange of the scrambled data only.

Creating an online presence is the most basic reason for building a website. This means building a site that includes your business information, highlights what makes you special, and gives consumers a way to contact you. A good homepage will answer the questions “What do you do?” and “Why should I trust you?” Consumers will make a split-second decision on whether they’ll stay to learn more or go to a competitor.

Today, the retail environment includes more than just consumers browsing physical store locations for products and services. As consumers increasingly spend time online and visiting retail Websites, retailers are especially in need of new ways to capture sales. Potential customers, looking for products, information, store hours, …whatever, connect with businesses that meet their current needs and are the easiest to find and communicate with. Today, this connection can happen regardless of where the consumer or the product happen to be – at home, in the office, or on the road; and it doesn’t matter what type of device they happen to be using either – desktop computer, tablet or even a smart phone.

The Best of Both Worlds

Phone Systems
Hybrid phone systems combine the flexibility of an on-premise system with the availability of the cloud.
File Sharing
Hybrid file combine the low cost storage capability of an on-premise system with the availability and redundancy of the cloud.

EasyCom does more than just install new technology…

Our technology consultants offer expertise to bring your existing systems to peak functionality and suggest changes or improvements to benefit your company as it grows.  Our team will strategize with your company to map out a technology plan, so any future additions or modifications will be outlined and budgeted for in advance.

We can help with outside vendors and partners.

EasyCom has in-depth knowledge of your systems.  When it comes to integrating them with other applications, our consultants can serve as liaisons to other partners and vendors. Having EasyCom on your side will result in beneficial arrangements to fit your needs and budget.

EasyCom offers Technology Design Services.

Whether you’d like to integrate a new phone system with your existing phones, or you’d like to upgrade your office’s technology infrastructure, EasyCom can help with professional technology design services.

Whether you’d like to integrate a new phone system with your existing phones, or you’d like to upgrade your office’s technology infrastructure, EasyCom can help with professional technology design services.
Click Here
Before any improvements or changes are made to your company’s technology, you need to know what you have and if it’s meeting your needs. EasyCom can assess and document your company’s technology and make specific recommendations. EasyCom’s team members draw on their experience in the field to guide you in utilizing or augmenting your company’s technology infrastructure.
More
One of the things that makes your company different from others are the applications you use to get the job done. Supporting those all-important – perhaps proprietary or difficult-to-integrate – software applications is critical.

EasyCom supports these applications across all necessary technologies and are happy to assist on your company’s behalf when dealing with these line-of-business application vendors:.
More
Many companies learn the hard way how important Disaster Recovery is with regard to IT and their businesses overall. Expecting to escape the experience of a service outage or natural disaster is not a viable or practical choice – statistics tell the real story. Every business needs to have a business continuity plan in place. Not an just an idea, but a well-articulated, detailed course of action to ensure that their business can get through a disaster and continue to be productive in the aftermath.
More...
  • 1
  • 2
screen tagSupport