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Do I need a Business Associate Agreement from Remote Data Backups?

Rest easy in the cloud. Remote Data Backups with LiveVault is the industry’s highest standard for cloud provider backup. Grow your data, not your pricing. Based on initially selected space, not total storage, our 7-year legal life retention policy includes 195 versions, reducing storage costs & increasing budgeting predictably. Our 14 year track record of no-fail, 24/7 phone & remote support ensures we will be here for you the moment you need us.

 
Since Remote Data Backups never reads, alters, modifies or interacts with “in use” (open and unencrypted) electronic personal health information (ePHI), you do not need a Business Associate Agreement. However, if your protocol mandates such an agreement, Remote Data Backups will sign one.

Data Backup and the Securities Rule

Contrary to recent literature appearing on the internet suggesting that HIPAA regulations are completely met by data backup companies as a result of the encryption-transmission processes to and from the data vault, the HIPPA Security Series of hhs.gov detail a few other considerations that play a role in meeting compliance. Some of these include the implementation of a data backup disaster protocol as well as password & encryption standards. The literature does not state that data backup providers must provide round the clock service to aid in a disaster situation, however, 24/7 service is highly recommended to ensure ePHI protection and avoid business delays.

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