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Independent assessment gives hosting company top marks in administrative, physical, technical, organizational, and policy safeguards.

Connectria Hosting, a global managed hosting provider, has announced it has successfully completed an independent HIPAA on-site assessment to confirm that its managed hosting services are compliant with the HIPAA standards and specifications.  The assessment was performed by ComplySmart, with Connectria receiving the highest HIPAA compliance ratings across all areas.

ComplySmart, healthcare compliance experts, conducted a thorough HIPAA/HITECH assessment of Connectria’s data centers, policies, controls, skills and technical standards.

Following the assessment, Connectria’s HIPAA Compliance Report Card received straight “A”s across each HIPAA mandate which included the highest ratings in compliance status across HIPAA administrative, physical, technical, organizational, and policy safeguards.

“We are very pleased with ComplySmart’s assessment results,” noted Dennis King, Connectria’s privacy officer and director of Information Security.  “This independent assessment assures our managed hosting customers that we are delivering the appropriate safeguards they need in order to protect and maintain their protected health information (PHI) according to HIPAA and HITECH standards.”

King further emphasized, “It is critical for any entity that is storing or maintaining PHI to ensure HIPAA compliance, particularly since the penalties for non-compliance are so great.  Recently the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) just reached a $1.5 million settlement with BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee over a 2010 data breach.  And it has been reported that the true cost to BlueCross related to the investigation and remediation of this incident is over $17 million.”

According to King, “Connectria’s HIPAA Compliant Managed Hosting services not only help healthcare organizations maintain their own HIPAA and HITECH compliance, but it also gives them peace of mind.  Because of the complexity and costs to achieve compliance, and the significant fines associated with non-compliance, Connectria’s HIPAA Compliant Hosting continues to be one of our fastest growing segments.”

Connectria provides both packaged and customized HIPAA managed hosting solutions for healthcare providers, healthcare-related software companies (including Software as a Service or SaaS providers), or other entities who store, maintain or access PHI subject to HIPAA compliance.  With hosting expertise across one of the largest technology sets in the industry, Connectria provides superior dedicated server hosting, cloud hosting and hybrid hosting solutions.  A recent, independent survey of Connectria’s HIPAA customers revealed 96 percent customer satisfaction with Connectria’s managed hosting services.

For more information regarding Connectria’s HIPAA Managed Hosting solutions, please visit:

http://www.connectria.com/solutions/hipaa.php

For more information regarding Connectria’s overall compliance solutions, please visit:

http://www.connectria.com/solutions/compliance_hosting.php

ComplySmart Helps Healthcare Organizations

ComplySmart (www.complysmart.com) delivers services to help healthcare organizations of all sizes achieve regulatory compliance, reduce IT and data security risks, maintain business continuity, and lower cost. They are healthcare compliance experts with extensive experience with HIPAA, DEA EPCS, CFR 21, Red Flag Rule regulations, and more. ComplySmart principles have over 50 years of experience in healthcare, including having previously held the positions of Chief information Officer, Chief Technology Officer, and Chief Security Officer in hospitals and biomedical firms. Their staff members are subject matter experts who combine their skills, experience, specialized tools, and the latest countermeasures to help reduce an organization’s security risk.

ComplySmart customers include some of the nation's largest hospitals, as well as life sciences companies, pharmacies, community hospitals, physician practices, skilled nursing facilities, nursing homes, third-party administrators, insurance companies, and healthcare-related technology providers. Regardless of size and complexity, ComplySmart services are customized to meet the needs of each customer.


Connectria Hosting (www.connectria.com) is a profitable and growing global provider of cloud, managed and complex hosting services serving more than 1,000 customers in 30 countries. Packaged or customized solutions are available for technologies including OS, virtualization, database, email/collaboration and application/web servers. Connectria's hosting expertise represents one of the industry's widest range of supported platforms from a variety of vendors, including Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, HP, Dell, SUN, Citrix, VMware and Open Source (e.g. Linux/LAMP, MySQL). A privately held company, Connectria has built its business through reinvesting profits and without any debt or equity financing. Connectria operates world-class data centers, network operations centers, and engineering centers located in St. Louis, Missouri and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. From these facilities, Connectria operates as a virtual extension of its clients' IT organizations.

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