Verizon launches HIPAA-compliant eHealth cloud service

The hosted service includes a business associate agreement

By , Computerworld |  Cloud Computing, healthcare, hippa

While most large vendors such as IBM, Cisco, and Dell offer cloud services for healthcare, Verizon said it has separated itself from competitors by offering a BAA. Doing so makes Verizon as culpable for data loss or breaches as the healthcare company.

Lynne Dunbrackan, an analyst with IDC Health Insights, said she was unaware if any other public cloud offerings that offer BAAs. She call the move an important differentiator.

"Two-thirds of data breaches can be attributed to the theft of a device. That speaks to policy. And, that's part of the program Verizon is offering by training its employees. They've got a programmatic approach," she said.

Lucas Mearian covers storage, disaster recovery and business continuity, financial services infrastructure and health care IT for Computerworld. Follow Lucas on Twitter at @lucasmearian or subscribe to Lucas's RSS feed. His e-mail address is lmearian@computerworld.com.

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