OPEN-IX has published a crosswalk between OIX-2 Data Center Standards and current the current HIPAA regulations as a resource for customers of OIX-2 certified facilities.
In the world of Health Information Technology, compliance with the HIPAA regulations is in the forefront for both large and small healthcare organizations. HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, sets the standard for protecting sensitive patient data. Any company that deals with electronic protected health information (ePHI) must ensure that all the required physical, technical and administrative security measures are in place and followed.
Data Center operators who service the Healthcare industry must in turn demonstrate compliance with the HIPAA regulations. This document identifies the Open-IX standards and how they cross over specific aspects of HIPAA.
Customers of OIX-2 certified facilities can utilize this document to understand how the certified operator is addressing the HIPAA regulations. The document addresses the HIPAA requirements the operator may be responsible for via a Business Associate Agreement (BAA), Contract, or SLA, ensuring scope is appropriately limited.
OIX-2 certified facilities have demonstrated their readiness to support customers who require a HIPAA compliant environment, and are ready to provide co-location services that have all necessary controls to protect the e-PHI on client devices.
If you would like more information about this topic or to join the OIX community, please contact Aiste Buinauskaite.
About Open-IX Association
The Open-IX Association (OIX) is an Internet community effort to improve the landscape of Internet peering and massive-scale interconnection. OIX encourages the development of neutral and distributed Internet exchanges while promoting uniform standards of performance for interconnections backed by the Internet community. The Association aims to promote common and uniform specifications for data transfer and physical connectivity and improve overall Internet performance by developing criteria and methods of measurement to reduce the complexity that restricts massive-scale interconnection in fragmented markets. The OIX Board is comprised of volunteer representatives from the Internet community, including, Matthew Griswold (Chairman), Eli Scher (Vice Chair), David Temkin (Founder), Robert DeVita, Vinay Nagpal and Aaron Hughes. More information about OIX can be found by visiting www.open-ix.org.