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Hospital Quality Institute Chooses Otava Virtual Private Cloud Environments for Sensitive Healthcare Data

The Ann Arbor, MI-based cloud services company, Otava, has announced it has been chosen by the Hospital Quality Institute to host sensitive healthcare data in two new virtual private cloud environments.

The Hospital Quality Institute was created by the California Hospital Association, Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties, and Hospital Council of Northern and Central California to help gauge the performance of hospitals in California and identify areas where improvements can be made to quality and patient safety.

In order to assess hospital quality and patient safety, the Hospital Quality Institute collects data from hospitals and, through accurate metrics, provides valuable information to California Hospital Association members that allows them to demonstrate success, improve quality, and enhance patient safety.

Rather than host its databases on-premises, the Hospital Quality Institute is using the cloud to host sensitive healthcare data and, by so doing, gain significant resource and cost benefits. Since the Hospital Quality Institute is required to comply with HIPAA, a HIPAA-compliant hosting company was required that could implement appropriate safeguards to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of healthcare data and meet all requirements of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules.

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“Compliance is essential for us, so we needed a partner who could help us take our data management off premise and deliver key software solutions that support this effort,” said Steve Pon, project manager at HQI. “Otava is an expert in this area with a great track record.  Implementation has been smooth, and we look forward to the ongoing benefits of these new, secure virtual cloud environments.”

The new, secure virtual cloud environments are being used to manage hospital quality and patient safety data. Otava is also providing firewall protection, cloud backup services, and workspace-as-a-service.

Author: Steve Alder is the editor-in-chief of HIPAA Journal. Steve is responsible for editorial policy regarding the topics covered on HIPAA Journal. He is a specialist on healthcare industry legal and regulatory affairs, and has several years of experience writing about HIPAA and other related legal topics. Steve has developed a deep understanding of regulatory issues surrounding the use of information technology in the healthcare industry and has written hundreds of articles on HIPAA-related topics.