While the attempt to mandate vaccines for U.S. workers via the The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rule was recently struck down, the rule itself and the subsequent court rulings have brought the protection and security of sensitive healthcare information to the forefront. For the first time, businesses across industries were grappling with data privacy concerns that they hadn't had to consider previously.
For some companies, the mandate being overturned will be a relief. But for businesses who do handle Protected Health Information (PHI) — or expect to in the future — they can’t afford to ignore their data compliance and protection responsibilities. Here’s why PHI data compliance and security is so important and the critical role a backup and recovery solution plays in achieving both.
Protection of PHI is critically important because it ensures privacy of sensitive data. Companies who fail to protect this type of data are subject to significant non-compliance fines, as well as the inevitable impacts on reputation and trust.
Regardless of sector or industry, organizations should be examining their SaaS applications, in particular platforms like Salesforce and Microsoft Dynamics 365, to look at what PHI data may be stored there. For organizations in the healthcare industry, the guidelines are quite clear; proper management of PHI includes having a data backup and recovery solution in place.
While specific HIPAA regulations may not apply to all organizations, employers who possess health information, like vaccination status, should examine their data protection policies to ensure that they meet the compliance requirements of internal, state, or federal data regulations. Several of those regulations require backups to be:
Data compliance and security are too important to ignore. If your company manages PHI or other types of sensitive and regulated data that must be protected, you must consider a backup and recovery solution...but not just any solution. Here are a few questions to ask yourself when considering your organization’s solution:
Depending how you answer these questions, you may want to consider a third-party backup and recovery solution. At OwnBackup, we’re the #1 SaaS data protection platform and meet all of the requirements of a HIPAA compliant backup and recovery solution. Most importantly, because our cloud application sits outside of the SaaS provider’s, our customers' backup files are always accessible to them even in the event of a SaaS provider outage or other critical event like a data breach.