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July 30, 2014

Caspio Launches HIPAA-Compliant Rapid App Development Platform


The healthcare industry has to abide by strict regulatory compliances designed to protect the interactions patients have with medical professionals. As the industry continues to migrate to digital technology, the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) have been used to levy multi-million dollar fines against organizations that failed to comply with these regulations. With more medical professionals integrating information and communications technology (ICT) as part of their practice, it is extremely important to ensure the applications they use comply with the regulations.

Caspio, provider of cloud database and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) technology for creating custom business applications, announced the release of Caspio HIPAA Enterprise, a HIPAA-compliant edition of its rapid application development platform.This new release is going to serve the growing demand in HIPAA-compliant applications in the healthcare industry and associated businesses.

The Caspio application builder has an intuitive interface that gives users the ability to create custom cloud application with point and click functionality and no coding. With HIPAA Enterprise anyone in the healthcare industry, or those that regularly interact with them, can take advantage of cloud-based applications to improve their overall operations in a secure and compliant environment.

Organizations can create a wide range of applications to address many of the challenges the healthcare industry currently faces. Some of the examples Caspio pointed out are, online patient portals, health insurance exchanges, clinical trial databases, and knowledge sharing applications. These apps can be created quickly in a compliant platform, eliminating the worry about the hefty fines the government likes to dole out.

The company achieved the compliance by upgrading its PaaS with specific technology, policies and procedures that keep electronic patient health information (PHI) in compliance with regulations. Additional features unique to Caspio HIPAA Enterprise are:

  • HIPAA-Compliant Infrastructure - All HIPAA customer accounts reside on an entirely separate infrastructure dedicated to HIPAA-compliant applications running on Amazon Web Services (AWS).
     
  • Data Encryption in Transit and at Resy - All data is encrypted during transit and while at rest within the database.
     
  • Audit Logs and Audit Trail - System-wide audit logs record all user access to data and are encrypted in a separate environment.
     
  • Business Associate Agreement (BAA) -Caspio maintains BAA with its vendors and offers a BAA to its customers, partners and affiliates developing on the platform.

"The healthcare market presents a tremendous challenge to IT departments and application developers who must ensure their solutions are fully compliant with the industry's strict regulatory requirements. With Caspio HIPAA Enterprise, compliance is no longer an obstacle; and the rapid development platform allows our customers and partners to expand their businesses by quickly creating custom healthcare applications to their exact specifications," said Frank Zamani, Caspio Founder and CEO. 








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