HIPAA Compliant WordPress Hosting

Healthcare providers can use the popular WordPress Content Management System (CMS) for creating websites that collect, display, process, or transmit protected health information, provided a HIPAA-compliant WordPress hosting platform is used or the server is configured to meet HIPAA security standards – See How to Make WordPress HIPAA Compliant?.

If you want to create a HIPAA-compliant WordPress website, you will need to have a HIPAA-compliant hosting environment for the website. While it is possible to create such an environment within an organization’s data center or on on-premises hardware, it is much more straightforward to use a third-party platform.

A HIPAA-compliant website hosting platform is the easiest choice as the platform provider will ensure that all appropriate security controls are implemented to satisfy the requirements of the HIPAA Security Rule. Those controls will also be maintained by the hosting company to ensure continued compliance.

In order to protect against unauthorized data access, security controls must be layered and robust. Security controls need to include a fully managed firewall to protect against unauthorized access by malicious intruders and provide oversight of network gateway points. Full management means round-the-clock monitoring and full event logging. Log management and log monitoring are critical elements of HIPAA compliance. Logs are used to identify access, access attempts, system changes, transmission, storage, and deletion of data.

A HIPAA WordPress hosting provider will have implemented advanced cybersecurity measures to rapidly detect and block cyberattacks. For example, an intrusion prevention system monitors for abnormal traffic and scans for attacks coming from inside the network, allowing rapid action to be taken in the event of a breach.

All data must be encrypted at rest using a cypher recommended by NIST. To ensure data can be recovered in the event of disaster – such as a ransomware attack or hardware failure – all site data must be backed up. Backups should be stored securely offsite and should ideally be encrypted.

Data must also be protected in transit, so safeguards need to be implemented to ensure secure data transmission. HIPAA WordPress hosting provider typically enforces secure transmissions by sending data through an encrypted VPN tunnel.

There are many companies that offer high-performance, secure, and reliable hosting services for WordPress websites; however, not all have implemented controls that exceed the minimum standards of HIPAA. To find a suitable solution provider, look for a HIPAA WordPress hosting service provider that has developed a system specifically to meet the needs of the healthcare sector, is SOC 2 Type II and SOC 3 TYPE II certified, and has passed a third-party HIPAA compliance audit and assessment.