Verizon is expanding its “HealthCare Enabled Services to five more data centers and plans to offer a broader range of cloud and data-center infrastructure services. The move will help to enable the health-care industry meet the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requirements for safeguarding electronic health records.
Health-care organizations are now able to securely store their ePHI (electronic protected health information) in Verizon’s data centers in Richardson, Texas; Englewood, Colorado; Elmsford, New York; Carteret, New Jersey; and Santa Clara, California; in addition to Culpeper, Virginia, and Miami, Florida.
“For many health-care organizations, storing and managing ePHI on their own can be cost-prohibitive," said Verizon health-care executive Rich Black. “Verizon’s Healthcare Enabled Services allow health-care organizations to focus on their core competency – delivering care to patients – while letting Verizon focus on providing an end-to-end infrastructure management solution that securely delivers enterprise-class connectivity, availability and reliability.
Healthcare Enabled Services are Verizon’s cloud and data-center service offerings that meet applicable physical, technical and administrative security requirements for business associates under HIPAA/HITECH. Associated services include colocation, enterprise cloud, managed hosting, as well as intrusion-detection protection and log aggregation for cloud and managed hosting.
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