Data breaches are a genuine threat across all industries; however, few industries handle more sensitive data than the healthcare field. If you run a medical business, you need to keep your patient information safe. And of course, there are strict laws and regulations (such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA) that legally bind you to take specific security measures in the name of data privacy.
One of the best things you can do to safeguard your patients’ sensitive data is to use a dedicated server for your website, email, and other hosting needs. But what should you be looking for a dedicated hosting plan for your healthcare business? There are a handful of things to focus on, which we’ll discuss below:
1. High Uptime Scores
There’s no overstating the importance of reliability when it comes to your healthcare hosting. Ideally, you should select a hosting company that can guarantee reliable uptime through a service-level agreement or something similar.
ReliableSite, for example, offers a 100% monthly network, power, and cooling availability agreement to all hosting customers. This gives you added peace of mind that your server will be there for you whenever you need it.
2. Robust Security Features
Not all dedicated hosting companies include the same security features with their services. Take some time to shop around and find a host that won’t charge you extra for the security features you need to keep your patients’ data safe.
At ReliableSite, we’re happy to offer features like free distributed denial of service (DDoS) protection to reduce the likelihood of your server falling victim to a distributed denial of service attack. Meanwhile, our physical data centers are safeguarded with 24/7 security, robust surveillance, and state-of-the-art access control systems.
3. Responsive Customer and Technical Service
Being able to get in touch with a friendly and knowledgeable expert when you need help with your hosting plan is a must. This is why it’s crucial to select a dedicated server host that includes around-the-clock customer service and technical support. At ReliableSite, we’re always here when you need us. That includes nights, weekends, and holidays.
4. Scalability and a Range of Hosting Plans
As your healthcare business grows, your hosting plan should scale seamlessly along with it. When you require more bandwidth, storage, or memory or need to make any other changes to your hosting plan, ReliableSite’s servers are fully customizable. We don’t believe in punishing our clients for personalizing their hosting to suit their changing needs.
5. Data Backups and Redundancies
Your patients rely on you to keep their data safe. By making sure sensitive data is backed up and encrypted at all times, you can protect your healthcare organization from data breaches that could otherwise tarnish your reputation and lead to significant penalties and fines. ReliableSite is proud to offer third-party data backups and other redundancies for your peace of mind.
Ready to Upgrade Your Hosting?
If you’re not already using dedicated hosting to keep your patients’ sensitive information as safe as possible, it’s time to make the switch. Get in touch with the ReliableSite team today to find out more about our versatile hosting options and what we can do for you.