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When an MSP Is HIPAA or PCI Compliant, What Does It Mean?

Maintaining regulatory compliance with both HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) and PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) is important for healthcare providers, retailers, and any organization working with HIPPA or PCI DSS data.

Many organizations working with such data choose to hire an MSP (managed services provider). Let’s take a look at what it means when an MSP is HIPAA compliant, PCI compliant, or both.

HIPAA Compliant MSPs

HIPAA compliance is among the most critical regulatory requirements in the healthcare industry. It requires a multitude of safeguards to protect patient data.

MSPs that are HIPPA compliant are considered Business Associates that provide services to healthcare providers. These MSPs are usually HIPPA experts offering cloud technology and systems management healthcare solutions.

MSPs help with compliance by offering several services ranging from database security to device endpoint security.

PCI Compliant MSPs

PCI compliance is a set of requirements issued by the PCI Security Standards Council. PCI DSS is designed to ensure that all companies that process, store, or transmit credit card information maintain a secure environment.

As security professionals, MSPs that are PCI compliant can also help monitor threats to protect organizations using their services.

MSPs That Offer Both Through Managed IT Solutions

If you are looking for the best of both worlds, some MSPs are both HIPPA and PCI compliant. This is an especially attractive benefit for healthcare providers as they can get more out of their MSP when they use managed IT solutions.

You can leverage your MSP to help maintain regulatory HIPPA compliance, and also do so much more. Managed IT solutions give your organization peace of mind by managing all your networking and security solutions for you. Not only does this help keep your data secure, but it also opens the door for you to expand your mobile technologies to accommodate telehealth services. If that’s not enough, there are many scenarios when managed IT solutions reduce costs versus using in-house IT support.

Regarding PCI compliance, this type of MSP can also help ensure secure payments for patients before consultation or care. Managed IT solutions are designed to process your electronic transactions over a secure network that adheres to PCI-DSS regulations. In addition, they assure compliance with PDI-DSS requirements for advanced solutions including, managed firewall, managed SD-WAN, endpoint management, and managed backups.

When it comes to staying compliant, working with an MSP that is HIPAA or PCI compliant, or better yet, both, is essential. MSPs can help healthcare providers, retailers, and any other organizations that handle these types of data need to stay on top of maintaining regulatory compliance.

Even if your business doesn’t have any compliance needs, it is still helpful to use an MSP that has HIPAA and PCI compliant services.  While these services won’t make your business compliant, they will give you peace of mind knowing that your MSP has processes and procedures in place that adhere to strict HIPAA and PCI compliance standards and that those processes are continuously being audited by a third party.

Talk to TPx about PCI and HIPAAA compliant managed services today.

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