Atlantic.Net: Forerunners of HIPAA-Compliant Data Hosting

Manoj “Marty” Puranik, Founder, President & CEO

The widespread technological advancements in every walk of life, including the healthcare arena, is reiterating the veracity of the Darwinian evolutionary theory: “survival of the fittest.” Today, technological competency has become the linchpin of the healthcare sector to stay ahead of the competition. However, due to the multifarious regulations around collection and sharing of electronic medical records (EMR) and private health information (PHI) in the industry, choosing the right healthcare technology partner has become an uphill task for care providers. In most cases, technology companies are industry-agnostic and do not possess the intrinsic knowledge of healthcare regulations like HIPAA. As a result, their solutions—even if groundbreaking—fail to make its impact in the healthcare realm.

A case in point is Cerbo, an EMR software solution provider. Back in 2014, Cerbo was building its EMR solution, and they were looking for the right technology partner, to help provide a turnkey HIPAA-compliant data hosting solution.
The first off-the-shelf hosting solution that Cerbo had considered was failing to offer a dedicated and secured data sharing option as stipulated by HIPAA regulations. The company’s search for a HIPAA-compliant hosting solution provider led them to Atlantic.Net, a market-leading data hosting solutions provider. Atlantic.Net’s team worked together with Cerbo to develop a personalized data hosting solution, designed after a thorough discussion with Cerbo’s management team. With the help of Atlantic.Net, Cerbo employed a HIPAA-compliant hybrid data hosting solution, comprising of cloud hosting solutions and on-premise data centers for collection and storage of EMR data. Without any further complications, Cerbo deployed 15 new servers and on boarded over 150 physicians to its EMR solution within a week’s time—which speaks volumes to Atlantic.Net’s data hosting efficiency.

“At Atlantic.Net, we do the technological heavy-lifting for our clients, so that they can focus on their healthcare applications,” says Manoj “Marty” Puranik, founder, president, and CEO of Atlantic.Net. To achieve this, the company’s hosting architecture combines basic security features like a firewall with intrusion detection to detect any potential threat to comply with HIPAA regulations. In addition, the company also offers added features like multi-factor authentication to prevent unauthorized access.

Customers can choose from Atlantic.Net’s two secured data hosting solution models.
In the DIY approach, customers can visit a self-service portal and provision cloud services themselves. On the other hand, through a supervised model, Atlantic.Net works in collaboration with its clients to take a consultative route to meet customers’ hosting needs. Additionally, customers have the option to choose any of the seven global data center locations for geographic redundancy, backup, and low latency. Also, the ability to utilize the backed-up data and run them on a new center helps Atlantic.Net’s clients in creating a contingency during the downtime of any other site.

Discussing the path Atlantic.Net has traversed over the years, Puranik notes, “What started as a dial-up internet connection provider for the rural markets back in 1994, known as Internet Connect Company Computers (ICC Computers), has become today’s leading cloud and secure data hosting solutions provider.” Piggybacking on the extensive knowledge around network connectivity and data centers, Atlantic.Net has long established itself as one of the forerunners of secure and compliant data hosting solutions for the healthcare sector. Puranik refers to the transformation of Atlantic.Net as a natural evolution for an internet-based company. Currently, Atlantic.Net’s plans entail adding more functionality to their cloud hosting architecture to make it easier for healthcare providers to mine data and collect feedback. Meanwhile, the company is also planning to expand its geographic presence with its new centers in Asia.