Ransomware and HIPAA Compliance in 2021

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July 5th saw a major attack on Managed Service Providers (MSPs), including Kaseya services. MSPs like Kesaya often offer their cloud-based services to several clients in multiple sectors, and Kesaya is no exception. In fact, Kesaya offers specific managed IT resources for healthcare clients, although no information has been released about any affected organizations. 

The combination of increased reliance on MSPs and the sensitive nature of healthcare providers make ransomware attacks a real threat, one that your dedicated IT team must consider as part of your cybersecurity and compliance strategy. 


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

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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 Managed Service Providers Should Know About HIPAA Compliance

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In some ways, the combination of managed service providers and healthcare clients is the perfect storm of targets for hackers. Attacks on managed service providers are on the rise, as are attacks on healthcare records. In fact, there were a total of 41.4 million patient records breached in 2020 alone. That’s why HIPAA compliance is so important for managed service providers. 

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