Top 5 HIPAA-Compliant Clouds

Best HIPAA-Compliant Clouds - ScienceSoft

With 15-year experience in healthcare IT consulting and 8-year experience in cloud development and migration, ScienceSoft helps healthcare organizations choose a fitting HIPAA-compliant cloud.

HIPAA-Compliant Cloud: Security on All Stages

A HIPAA-compliant cloud provides a secure environment to store, process, analyze and share protected health information (PHI). Such clouds implement all the data security safeguards required by Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

Cloud Computing

  • Semi-automated migration and hosting of legacy apps.
  • Platform for cloud-native healthcare applications.
  • Building advanced healthcare solutions with off-the-shelf services: AI, big data, IoT, blockchain, computer vision, etc.

Containerization

  • Scalable isolated containers for healthcare apps.
  • Containers’ orchestration
  • Service mesh to connect microservices.

Data storage and management

  • EHR data storage in an encrypted database.
  • Storage of real-time patient monitoring data in the encrypted form.
  • Snapshot backup/recovery.

Data exchange

  • Encrypted healthcare data sharing.
  • FHIR-compliant APIs for secure data processing.

Health Data analytics

  • Data warehouse with encrypted data storage and data backups
  • Big data analytics that supports in-transit encryption.

Data security

  • Identity and access management.
  • Network and application firewalls
  • Virtual private clouds
  • Native SIEM
  • Multi-factor authentication.
  • Creating and managing cryptographic keys.
  • Support of a hardware security module for generating and using customers’ cryptographic keys with at least FIPS 140-2 Level 3

5 Best HIPAA-Compliant Clouds

The overview below represents top 5 HIPAA-compliant cloud platforms that allow secure PHI storage, processing, analyzing, sharing, etc.

AWS
Best for: hybrid cloud & IoMT
Description

Gartner rates Amazon Web Services (AWS) as a leader in the healthcare cloud computing market.

120+ HIPAA-eligible services, including those for cloud computing, app integration, PHI storage, IoMT device management, analytics, data sharing, etc.

Pricing

Depends on the number of users, data volume and functionality.

Microsoft Azure
Best for: edge computing & IoMT
Description

According to Gartner, Microsoft Azure holds the second place in the cloud computing market. To comply with HIPAA regulations, Microsoft invests around $1bln per year in cybersecurity.

Microsoft Azure provides a variety of HIPAA-compliant services, including those for PHI storage, data management, machine learning, IoMT, etc.

Pricing

Depends on the number of users, data volume and functionality.

Google Cloud Platform
Best for: highly variable load
Description

In its Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure and Platform Services, Gartner puts Google in the third place.

Google offers its customers HIPAA-compliant services, including Google Drive, Cloud IoT Core, Cloud SQL, Cloud Storage, etc.

Pricing

Depends on the number of users, data volume and functionality.

Oracle Cloud
Best for: lift & shift migration
Description

According to Gartner’s Magic Quadrant, Oracle is a Niche Player.

Oracle provides such HIPAA-compliant services as compute, networking, load balancing, managing block storage volumes, PHI storage and a data leakage protection system.

Pricing

Depends on the number of users, data volume and functionality.

IBM Cloud
Best for: the highest security
Description

In Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure and Platform Services, IBM is ranked as a Niche Player. IBM claims to be the only cloud services provider that uses FIPS 140-2 Level 4 (encryption certification of the highest level) and KYOK (keep your own key) function with a dedicated hardware-security module (HSM).

IMB offers more than 40 cloud services that comply with HIPAA regulations, including Cloud Databases, Cloud App ID, Cloud Block Storage, Cloud File Storage, Cloud for VMware Solutions, and more.

Pricing

Depends on the number of users, data volume and functionality.

Consulting on HIPAA-compliant cloud

  • Choosing the best HIPAA-compliant cloud provider.
  • Creating the pragmatic cloud migration strategy, or
  • Consulting on in-cloud HIPAA-compliant app development.
  • Drawing up a cloud optimization strategy.

Implementation of HIPAA-compliant cloud solutions or cloud migration

  • Migration of legacy healthcare apps to the cloud, or
  • Cloud-native healthcare app development
  • Integrating a HIPAA-compliant cloud with internal and external systems.
  • Medical staff training.
  • Continuous cloud support if needed.

About ScienceSoft

ScienceSoft is an international IT consulting and IT services company headquartered in McKinney, TX, US with the team of 700 IT experts on board. Since 2012, we have been providing our customers with cloud consulting services, and since 2005 - healthcare IT consulting services.