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Develop products in HIPAA-compliant cloud infrastructure

May 18, 2022

6 minutes read

Implement secure, scalable, and fully HIPAA-compliant cloud infrastructure without having to establish in-house technical teams and manage all aspects of healthcare regulations.

HIPAA-compliant cloud infrastructure is a customizable solution that allows the rapid provision of healthcare solutions on AWS. Built as a highly scalable, readily available, and secure infrastructure, such solutions are reinforced through complementary services for access control, monitoring, reporting, and audibility.

Not only does the solution help migrate HIPAA-compliant systems to the cloud, but it also provides a solid background for developing HIPAA solutions from scratch.

Flexible and easily customizable, the HIPAA-compliant cloud infrastructure solution can simplify and accelerate the migration of your on-premises infrastructure and workloads to the cloud.

Key benefits HIPAA-compliant

Speed time to market

Outpace the competition by cutting on time and resources your organization needs to design, build, and deploy a HIPAA-compliant infrastructure.

Compliance design

Drive competitive advantage by shortcutting straight to a HIPAA-compliant cloud infrastructure that aligns with your business goals and needs.

HIPAA tech readiness review

Reviewing the technology behind your systems for HIPAA compliance, we assess your organization’s readiness for pervasive technical audits.

Access to technical experts

With 10+ years of experience in driving solutions for healthcare, we provide you with top-notch experts to establish HIPAA compliance organization-wide.

Related: Digital health product development best practices

How does it work?

  • HIPAA-compliant cloud infrastructure is delivered as a CloudFormation template. 
  • The infrastructure consists of four separate organizations hosted in four different accounts, as recommended by the security guidelines of the AWS well-architected framework. These accounts are DEV, PROD, Management, and Root env.
  • HIPAA-compliant cloud infrastructure can be customized to meet the goals and requirements of your application. AWS services for AI/ML, Big Data, Analytics, IoT, etc. can be added in line with the project objectives.

Root env

Used for billing and role-based access control in the organization. It does not contain any resources.

Management

Used to collect and audit CloudTrail logs. It can support instances and buckets for data management, resource management, and network access control if required. It contains a CI/CD server based either on CodePipeline or third-party solutions, such as CircleCI, Gitlab, Jenkins, etc. To display the account’s stats in the BI dashboard, Amazon QuickSight is used.

PROD

Used as a limited access environment; engages with the customer data and the current version of the application. The app’s fundamental design is based on ELB (load balancing and BLUE/GREEN deployment with 0-downtime upgrade). Amazon EKS orchestrates the app in containers, while Amazon RDS with HA replicas is used as a data layer. The app’s logs are saved and stored in Amazon CloudWatch, with audits done in Amazon CloudTrail, AWS Trusted Advisor, and AWS Lambda. Alerts and notifications are managed with Amazon SNS. Amazon Macie is utilized to monitor and track sensitive data stored in the Amazon S3 bucket.

DEV

Used as an environment almost identical to PROD. Unlike PROD, however, it does not contain any customer data, and it is used strictly by software developers and QA engineers assigned to the project.

Key features

  • Comprehensive reference architecture for resiliency, availability, and scalability
  • Information dashboard
  • Incident response procedure
  • Audit reports
  • Policies and procedures
  • Asset inventory
  • Contingency plans
  • Risk assessment
  • Employee training

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