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Regulations and the Cloud: HIPAA Modification Provides Clarity

Who: ComputerWorld

What: HIPAA establishes national standards to protect people’s electronic protected health information (PHI) and requires appropriate administrative, physical and technical safeguards to ensure the confidentiality, integrity and security of electronic PHI. Any organization in the U.S. contemplating moving a function involving PHI to the cloud needs to thoroughly understand HIPAA and comply with it. A significant modification to the act was issued on January 25, 2013.

Why: “While none of this modification’s 138 pages specifically mentions cloud computing, the changes it contains are applicable and should be fully absorbed by your cloud-computing team.” Changes to the regulations should make it easier for cloud clients and vendors to understand their responsibilities.

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