What is a Business Associate Agreement and Why is it Important for HIPAA?

Business Associate Agreement HIPAA

Software and cloud providers are becoming a major part of healthcare infrastructure. As demands for data storage, analytics, collaboration, and telehealth treatment increase, healthcare providers are relying on MSPs and CSPs to help them stay up-to-date and compliant while respecting the privacy of their patients. 

If you’re a vendor who wants to work in the healthcare industry as a Business Associate, it’s not enough for your partners to stay compliant. Under HIPAA rules, you must have an agreement in place with any healthcare provider you partner with that places you under HIPAA regulations as well. 

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What is FedRAMP Ready and Why is it Important for Cloud Service Providers

Cloud service providers (CSPs) working with Federal agencies must undertake the process of FedRAMP certification. To better facilitate that process, the government and FedRAMP governing bodies have developed several tools and programs to help them accomplish this. One of these, introduced in the last 5 years, is the FedRAMP Accelerated program and the FedRAMP Ready designation.

Learn more about the FedRAMP ready path, how it can help your organization achieve full ATO, and the important role that 3PAOs play in the process. 

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What is NIST Special Publication 800-53 and Why is it Important for FedRAMP Certification?


Cloud providers and Managed Service Providers are increasingly looking to expand their potential client base and instill trust with their existing partners. One way they do this is through meeting compliance audits and standards in areas like healthcare and government (like FedRAMP or HIPAA), and the more stringent and comprehensive the better. That’s why many cloud providers look to federal compliance and contract work.

FedRAMP compliance, required for cloud providers in the federal space, isn’t an easy standard to meet. It requires working closely with an authorized security partner and meeting the exacting security IT control standards outlined in NIST Special Publication 800-53. 

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