Verizon's business arm – Enterprise Solutions – has a new cloud and data-center infrastructure portfolio designed to help the health-care industry meet federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requirements for safeguarding electronic protected health information.
Verizon's services will include the secure storing of electronic protected health information (ePHI) in Verizon's Terremark data centers. With the cloud, Verizon says health-care professionals can collaborate, share patient information in near real-time and store large volumes of data for electronic health records and radiology images. In addition, health-care organizations can centralize their data so they can operate more efficiently, the carrier said.
Available immediately, the new portfolio offers Verizon clients in the health care, insurance, pharmaceutical and supporting industries a full range of public and private cloud services that meet applicable physical, administrative and technical security controls under HIPAA.
These new health-care-enabled services are: Colocation, Managed Hosting, Enterprise Cloud, Enterprise Cloud Express Edition, and Enterprise Cloud Private Edition. Along with each service, Verizon also provides a HIPAA Business Associate Agreement, through which Verizon works closely with clients to safeguard their patients' ePHI.
"Today's health care provider is faced with the enormous and costly burden of protecting personal health information for patients," said Dr. Peter Tippett, chief medical officer and vice president of Verizon's health IT practice. "To address this need, we are bringing to market a suite of cloud services that enables health care providers to secure patient data while offloading the burden of building and managing their own data centers. By enabling a connected health care system, we intend to transform U.S. health care delivery."