Dell Implements Safeguards to Meet HIPAA and HITECH Act Security Rule Requirements

Dell Cloud Services is pleased to announce optional HIPAA and HITECH security and privacy controls that enable healthcare-sector customers to host electronic protected health information (e-PHI) on our Dell Cloud Dedicated Service. This innovative private cloud service provides customers with an OPEX-consumption model for fast enablement of a cloud computing infrastructure hosted and managed by Dell and compatible with familiar VMware tools for virtual machine management.

Consumption of infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) is rapidly growing in the healthcare sector and is expected to reach $518M by 2015.*  Healthcare organizations that must comply with HIPAA and HITECH privacy and security requirements can host data securely and affordably in the cloud and eliminate or reduce their onsite IT infrastructure. 

The Health Insurance Portability and Accounting Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) provide healthcare organizations a set of guidelines for handling patient data and are a critical component of all healthcare IT departments. Dell assists with infrastructure compliance, which helps offset cost and complexity and  enables organizations to better prepare for an audit.

Healthcare payers and researchers recognize they can take care of patients better when they have access to necessary IT solutions quickly.  Dell Cloud Dedicated Service offers the self-service access and metered usage benefits of cloud computing while retaining the robust security and controls necessary to host sensitive and highly regulated data.  

Learn how TGen is fighting pediatric cancer one child at a time by using the Dell Cloud for medical research:

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Additionally, Dell is leading the way in healthcare IT solutions:

•    #1 Worldwide Healthcare IT Services – Gartner
•    Manage over 4.7 Billion Medical Images across 800 Clinical Sites in Cloud
•    Serving 15 of the Top 25 Largest US Healthcare Systems
•    Manage ITO Services for More than 400 Hospitals in the US

For more information on this offering, please contact you Dell sales representative, download our datasheet, or visit our website.

*Source: In-Stat Research, Healthcare and Social Services Spending on Telecom Services: Wireline Voice, Wireline Data, Wireless, Cloud Computing, and VoIP by Size of Business,  N1105131SBA, August 2011.

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