(The Hosting News) – ColoGuard and GalaxyVisions, the New York metropolitan area’s leading providers of colocation services and Internet hosting solutions, announced today that an independent auditor has certified that their shared datacenter complies with the strict federal standards set by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
The HIPAA certification means that the datacenter has undergone rigorous testing and found to be qualified to handle medical records and other sensitive patient information.
“We have always prided ourselves on holding ourselves to the strictest standards in the industry. Our HIPAA certification confirms it,” said Raymond Sidler, chief executive and co-founder of GalaxyVisions and ColoGuard. “We look forward to continuing and expanding our work with health-care providers as they grow their digital operations in a cost-effective way.”
The audit, which was conducted by IS Partners LLC of Horsham, Pa., reviewed the data center’s ability to ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of Electronic Protected Health Information (EPHI). Auditors reviewed how data is collected, stored, processed and transmitted to and from the facility.
“IS Partners has ascertained risks and vulnerabilities to EPHI, and has determined that ColoGuard and GalaxyVisions have internal controls in place to protect health information, and that both companies are compliant with standards established by HIPAA,” stated John DeCesare, President and CEO of IS Partners, LLC.
Electronic health information is a key component of the Affordable Care Act, which offers incentives for health care providers to modernize. The U.S. government also has strengthened the standards by which such personal information is handled electronically. The regulations are designed to improve patient care and protect privacy. It also establishes a new standard to determine what qualifies as a breach of Electronic Protected Health Information.
“Health care providers who don’t have the space or the resources to establish their own data centers now have an affordable option,” Sidler said. “Medical colocation with ColoGuard enables providers to leverage our infrastructure – and our HIPAA certified datacenter – to meet the demands of the new health care law, improve patient care and become more efficient organizations overall.”
ColoGuard is already the colocation provider of choice for several medical providers in the Tri State area, including Bayonne Medical Center, Christ Hospital and Hoboken University Medical Center. ColoGuard’s data center is being used to host applications, storage and serve as a highly available backup for disaster recovery plans.
IS Partners is continuing to perform audits on GalaxyVisions and ColoGuard to ensure compliance with SSAE 16, SOC 1 and SOC 2 standards set by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). That review, which started in February, is expected to last for several additional months.
ColoGuard Inc. was born out of the increasing need for affordable enterprise colocation solutions. ColoGuard is a privately held managed colocation facility based in the heart of Brooklyn, NY, just minutes from New York City. With a state-of-the-art in-house data center, ColoGuard’s goal is to provide affordable enterprise colocation solutions for companies of all sizes. ColoGuard’s facility offers a diverse network routes via dark fiber, 24/7/365 live technical support and prices and services that are unmatched by competitors.
GalaxyVisions was founded in 2003 and is a privately held managed services provider located in the heart of Brooklyn, NY. It provides affordable hosting solutions for companies of all sizes. GalaxyVisions supplies the servers, software, bandwidth and management tools needed to run almost any web-based application. From small projects to enterprise server solutions, GalaxyVisions will meet or beat the price of any competitor. GalaxyVisions is committed to excellent quality service 24/7/365.
About IS Partners, LLC
IS Partners, LLC is a Certified Public Accounting firm registered with the AICPA and PCAOB, and is a recognized authority for SSAE 16 and Service Organization Controls (SOC) audits and related attestation services. The firm serves clients in all major service industries throughout the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Central America, India, Pakistan and Caribbean Islands. The firm’s SSAE 16 audit teams are comprised of experts in the areas of accounting, information technology, internal controls, and business process auditing.