VMware intends to provide business associate agreements for its cloud computing service with the aim of helping healthcare organizations comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
An independent third-party auditor confirmed that VMware’s vCloud Hybrid Service offering meets applicable security requirements under HIPAA and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, VMware said Wednesday.
Bill Fathers, senior vice president and general manager of VMware’s hybrid cloud services business, said the company designed vCloud to store, process and secure patient information.
The platform is built with virtualization technology for customers to manage applications and networks on or off premise.
VMware says it also offers a white paper for healthcare companies that aim to achieve HIPAA and HITECH compliance.
The healthcare IT industry needs trusted, reliable and stable business associates that will help address the appropriate administrative, physical and technical safeguard requirements under HIPAA security rules,” said Dr. Shafiq Rab, vice president and chief information officer at Hackensack University Medical Center.