Cloud management solution provider SkyKick has been awarded HIPAA Privacy Shield Certification for two of its software products for IT solution partners: SkyKick Cloud and SkyKick Migration Suites.
The certification confirms that both products have the necessary privacy and security controls to ensure compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and its subsequent Privacy and Security Rules. The solutions are also compliant with the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework.
Not only does the certification provide assurances to users that HIPAA Rules are not being violated by using the solutions, it confirms that all customers’ data are handled securely at all times.
The certification is important for SkyKIck. Many of its IT partners provide managed cloud deployments for the healthcare industry in Europe and the States and need to provide assurances that sensitive patient data is handled securely.
Brad Younge, co-founder and CTO of SkyKick said “The HIPAA and Privacy Shield certifications eliminate the overhead of outside compliance management and provides our partners significant peace of mind.”
SkyKick IT solution partners considering working with HIPAA-covered entities will be able to easily demonstrate that the solution incorporates all the necessary controls to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of ePHI is safeguarded – An essential element of the HIPAA Security Rule.
Not only does the SkyKick Cloud comply with HIPAA Rules, organizations considering migrating data to the cloud are provided with a HIPAA compliant data migration tool – SkyKick Migration Suites.
Another requirement of the HIPAA Security Rule is for business associates of HIPAA-covered entities to sign a HIPAA-compliant business associate agreement (BAA). As a solution provider, SkyKick would be a business associate if providing services – via IT partners – to HIPAA-covered entities. As such, SkyKick will sign a BAA with the covered entity to meet these requirements of HIPAA Rules.