Independent HIPAA Audit and BAA Prompts Ballard Benefit Works to Select Online Tech’s HIPAA Cloud

Employee Benefit Consultant Steps Above Competition in Customer’s Data Privacy and Security with Online Tech’s HIPAA Compliant Hosting Solution

Online PR News – 09-May-2012 – Ann Arbor – Ballard Benefit Works, a full service employee benefit and health care finance consulting firm, has selected Online Tech’s independently HIPAA audited cloud solution. By partnering with an independently HIPAA audited data center, companies can be assured their data and applications are hosted in facilities that operate and implement HIPAA compliant controls and security measures.

Like many companies in the employee benefit and health care industry, Ballard Benefit Works’ biggest concern was the integrity and protection of their data and client’s data. In addition, they were required to adhere to all HIPAA privacy and security regulations.

While searching for a HIPAA compliant cloud provider that would meet their high standards, Ballard Benefit Works found many companies claiming to be HIPAA compliant and secure, but without documentation from an independent auditor to back it up. “One of Online Tech’s biggest attractions was they put forth the effort to receive third party audit reports from qualified assessors and put it in writing they are HIPAA compliant,” says Justin Spewock, Ballard Benefit Works CEO.

Online Tech is the only independently HIPAA audited managed cloud provider. Their HIPAA compliant cloud meets 100% compliance across all 54 HITECH citations with no exceptions as determined by an independent Certified HIPAA Security Specialist (CHSS). Online Tech meets all of the HIPAA requirements including meeting the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) rules and regulations 164.308, 164.310 and 164.312. Compliance with the HITECH Act requires policies that protect the availability, integrity and confidentiality of PHI (Protected Health Information), Business Associates Agreements, and preparedness to report any violations of PHI misuse to the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). Online Tech signs a BAA (Business Associate Agreement) with every client in the healthcare industry that clearly defines the obligations and responsibilities of both parties to ensure PHI is protected.

“We know we have a trusted partner in Online Tech to keep information secure and compliant with federal regulations. That’s more than many in our industry can say,” says Spewock. “I feel it is my responsibility to keep my customers’ data secure and HIPAA compliant.” In fact, Ballard Benefit Works’ law firm recently commented that their focus on adhering to the strict security and privacy requirements of HIPAA was far beyond many of their competitors.

Ballard Benefit Works’ cloud is hosted in Online Tech’s high availability data center infrastructure with rigorous physical and network security safeguards and warm site disaster recovery options to ensure PHI is private, protected, and always available.

Ballard Benefit Works will hold its 4th Annual Company Conference, “Legislative Update, Alternative Health Care” on Thursday, May 10th from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Historic Opera House, 123 W. Grand River, Howell, MI 48843. For more information or reserve a seat, contact 517.552.8035. This is an employee-only-event. No brokers or consultants please.

About Online Tech
Online Tech ( is the leader in secure and compliant hosting services including private cloud hosting, managed cloud hosting, hybrid cloud hosting, managed dedicated servers, disaster recovery and offsite backup services, and michigan colocation. Online Tech’s legacy of independent HIPAA, PCI, SAS 70 Type II, SSAE 16 Type II (SOC 1), SOC 2, and SOC 3 audits and reports ensures the security, privacy, and availability expected of a trusted service organization. For more information, call (877) 740-5028 or email

About Ballard Benefit Works
Ballard Benefit Works ( is a full service employee benefit consulting firm with expertise in health care finance and pooling, mitigation of health care risk with comprehensive disease management and wellness strategies, legal compliance for all aspects of benefits and human resources, alternate health care delivery strategies, web based benefit administration, alternate pharmacy benefit strategies and the overall comprehensive provision of employee benefits for employers and associations from 50 to over 20,000 members.
BBW is a committed solutions partner for employers in the middle market with extensive experience in developing an optimal financial and operational strategy for clients based on our knowledge of the inner workings of health care finance and delivery system. At Ballard, we help our clients simplify, understand and manage one of the most important components of the compensation package.

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