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Over the last few years, cloud storage has risen both in popularity and effectiveness. The convenience of cloud computing is undeniable, allowing users to access data, apps, and services from any location with an Internet connection. It’s no surprise that businesses across every industry are embracing cloud storage.
For healthcare providers and related organizations, though, it’s a bit more complicated. Healthcare providers and other businesses that handle sensitive personal health information (PHI) must comply with strict regulations such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) when storing, collecting, or transmitting PHI. If you want to store your sensitive data in the cloud, the solution you choose must sign a Business Associate Agreement (BAA) – a document that lays out its compliance with all HIPAA regulations, providing assurance that the company will appropriately safeguard all PHI it creates or receives on your organization’s behalf.
Since there are so many options on the market, we’ve created a list of the 50 best HIPAA-compliant cloud storage solutions to help you find the best solution with the functionality and features your business needs. While features and pricing vary, the options listed here make cloud storage a breeze, even for companies that must comply with HIPAA. AWS Backup, for instance, makes it incredibly easy to automate and centralize the backup of data across all AWS services in the cloud and on-premise using the AWS Storage Gateway. AWS provides several HIPAA-compliant cloud storage solution services covered by their BAA, and you can view the complete list here – including non-storage services.
Disclaimer: At Datica, we don’t fully endorse any company that claims to be HIPAA compliant without having the HITRUST CSF certification to prove it. When selecting cloud storage solutions, be sure to do due diligence when researching and evaluating your options.
Please note that the following cloud storage solutions are organized alphabetically and are not rated or ranked in any way.
26. FTP Today
FTP Today is a cloud-based sFTP client for file sharing and transfer. Designed for B2B workflows and meant to share sensitive and private data with the highest levels of security, this service offers platform compliance for an array of regulations around the world including HITECH, ISO 27001, GDPR, CJIS, and more. Although this platform was initially used in the healthcare industry, it’s now used in the finance, military, legal, and government sectors as well.
- File sharing plus SFTP
- File purge controls
- Dedicated IP/Custom SSL
Cost: $50 - $500 per month (GovFTP $400 - $800/month)
Gladinet not only offers file sharing and sync but also focuses on solving many file server problems. With robust online backup and synchronization, including versioned backup, hybrid access, and snapshot backup features, you’ll avoid data loss while maintaining easy access to online storage. It also provides full support on file locking, so that all your files are secure in their cloud storage location. With a central management console, you can revoke access privilege or encrypt remote agent cache. Gladinet is also flexible to deploy, which aids in meeting the different cloud migration requirements.
- Seamless migration
- Drive mapping
- File locking
Cost: Contact for a quote
28. Google Drive (@googledrive)
Google Drive offers more than just a cloud storage solution; it’s a powerful, collaborative office suite which integrates all of Google’s services into a neat package. You can create documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and Google Forms, as well as connect to an array of third-party applications. Google also lets you choose users to grant access for viewing and editing your files, and you can easily deny or grant access requests. It also has powerful search functionality that returns photos relevant to a search keyword.
- Desktop and mobile clients
- Microsoft Office compatibility
- Google vault support
Cost: $2 - $300 per month
29. HiDrive IONOS (@ionos_com)
Before venturing into the paid plan, HiDrive first gives you a free plan to try it out. Besides backing up files with one click, HiDrive offers the option to restore your deleted files and schedule backups. In terms of security, this platform adheres to strict protocols while at the same time utilizing a high encryption process during data transitioning. HiDrive offers mobile access apps for Android and iOS, a web GUI, and a desktop interface for Windows and Mac users.
- Unlimited flexibility
- End-to-end encryption
- Automatic cloud backup
Cost: $1 - $20 per month
With hubiC, you can store all your files online in a central, secure space. With this platform, you have the option to upload documents yourself or let the hubiC app do everything for you. Each file stored in hubiC is replicated at three different sites, so you’re guaranteed not to lose your information. App compatibility is also a great plus for this platform since you can use it to send attachments in Thunderbird.
- Compatibility with other applications
- File replication
- Automatic document upload through hubiC app
Cost: €1 - €5 per month
31. iDrive (@IDriveBackup)
iDrive is among the few cloud storage services that offer a free and permanent 5 GB account. With the business-level subscription, you get extra subaccount management features, server backup, priority support, and unlimited users per account. Data in transit and at rest remains encrypted with iDrive’s 256-bit AES encryption or private keys created by users. This cloud storage service also has a mobile app for Android and iOS, both of which enable users to backup data from their mobile devices and access all synced account files.
- Backup your data from all devices
- Unlimited file access
- Real-time file sync
Cost: $52.12 – $374.62 per year
32. Jottacloud (@jottacloud)
Jottacloud caters to the needs of both individuals and businesses with easy-to-use file backup and organization tools. This platform allows you to store all your images, documents, and other files in a secure cloud location. Enterprise customers can integrate Jottacloud with their own identity provider to enable Single Sign-On for all employees, while Jottacloud Home offers a sharable subscription option that can be shared by up to five users. Data privacy is also guaranteed, and you can run Jottacloud on your desktop computer, smartphone, or server.
- Sharable subscription
- Automatic backup
- Easy administration
Cost: €7.5 - €49.5 per month
33. Jungle Disk (@JungleDisk)
Besides using Jungle Disk to store files in the cloud for server and computer backups, you can also backup data from USB drives with this solution. Jungle Disk buys storage space from Google Cloud Storage and Amazon S3 so that you can store data on either. This platform also offers the ability to share backed up folders, files, and network drives. You can edit your files on one device and see the changes on all the devices linked to your Jungle Disk account.
- Military-grade AES-256 encryption
- Fast and compliant
- File backup and restoration
Cost: $4 - $100 per month
34. JustCloud (@JustCloudcom)
JustCloud makes cloud storage fast, simple, and secure through its Google-powered cloud. Their Android and iPhone applications make it easier for you to access all files from your mobile devices. You can also sync multiple computers with the sync folder, eliminating the need for awkward external storage drives. JustCloud provides four storage plans depending on the storage space you need. Although their free plan is limited, JustCloud also offers an unlimited plan that lets you store all backup files in a single location.
- Sync multiple computers
- Automatic backups
- Folder and file link sharing
Cost: $7.61 - $14.44 per month
35. Livedrive (@Livedrive_com)
This online backup service has two unlimited backup plans, both of which can be customized to meet your needs. You can place your files in their online Briefcase folder and then view and edit them from any smartphone, tablet, or computer. Backing up files is as easy as right-clicking the file you need. Livedrive backup plans have significant discounts if you prepay annually. Livedrive is SOC2 self-certified and SOX compliant for bank-level security.
- Unlimited cloud backup storage
- Military-grade security
- Online Briefcase for easy access to files
Cost: $8 - $25 per month
36. Mediafire (@MediaFire)
Mediafire offers 10 GB of free storage with its basic plan, which can be extended to 50 GB. Mediafire enables you to share files with one-time links to ensure that your recipient can’t share the link or the data with anyone else. The FileDrop feature lets you create a public folder to share with non-subscribers. You can upload files from any website, stream media files, and download files in bulk.
- Unlimited downloads and bandwidth
- Multiple uploads at a go
- Up to 50 GB of free space
Cost: $3.75 - $40 per month
37. Mega (@MEGAprivacy)
Mega doesn’t offer the same file editing capabilities that you’d get with Dropbox or OneDrive, but it makes up for that with enhanced encryption and storage security features, in addition to a sizable file storage limit on their free plan. Mega applications to access your online account are also available for Windows, iOS, and Android users. Individual files or folders can be shared on Mega so that others can download them without the need for an account username and password, and all your files and chats are encrypted with keys that you control.
- End-to-end encryption
- Can share folders with public
- Supports pausing uploads
Cost: €4.99 - €29.99 per month
38. Nextcloud (@Nextclouders)
This open-source cloud storage software lets you store and backup your files to the cloud from any location. Nextcloud provides the backend infrastructure required to store files in the cloud in addition to client software for daily file uploading and access. Its web interface offers contacts, notes, calendar, and task apps, all of which can be synced to Android. Nextcloud users can also collaborate on files using the Collabora Online suite.
- Free and open source
- File versioning and collaboration
Cost: Enterprise plans range between €1900 - €4900
OneDrive is a file synchronization and hosting service from Microsoft and is part of its collection of Office Online services. It integrates well with most Microsoft Live products but doesn’t offer integration with other cloud apps as Google Drive does. OneDrive gives personal users 5 GB of free storage to personal users. With the premium edition, however, you get 1 TB storage with Office 2016. The enterprise plan is HIPAA-compliant and adheres to all regulatory requirements for healthcare organizations and providers.
- MS Office compatible
- Collaborative file sharing
- Desktop office integration support
Cost: $1.99 - $12.50 per month
With OneHub, you can maintain all existing file and folder structures with collaboration and secure online sharing. All your information is stored securely through precise permission controls which limit access to files and features by role, such as Administrator, Creator, and Viewer. The OneHub virtual data rooms enable users to organize sensitive business information and share files online with anonymity without compromising security.
- Seamless virtual data rooms
- Portal customization
- File preview in browser
Cost: $29.95 - $99.95 per month
41. OpenDrive (@OpenDrive)
OpenDrive is a powerful cloud storage platform and office suite that supports video streaming, public folders, and much more. In a simple interface, you can easily create notepads with to-do lists and single notes. OpenDrive also doubles as a powerful project management tool that aids in project management and collaboration within an intuitive interface. OpenDrive has a free cloud storage plan that offers 5 GB of storage, but it doesn’t offer encryption or file versioning.
- Sync and backup scheduling
- Create and edit projects and tasks
- File encryption and re-duplication
Cost: $5 - $59.95 per month
If you’re looking for the most straightforward way to sync files and share data, then ownCloud is the way to go. With this platform, your data follows you wherever you go and is accessible on any device at any time. It is hosted exclusively on your private cloud, so all data is entirely under your control. ownCloud also offers rich iOS and Android mobile clients, as well as Windows, Linux, and Mac desktop clients. You can also extend the functionalities of this file sharing and sync software by installing community-driven apps, although you should keep in mind that third-party apps are not necessarily HIPAA-compliant.
- Extensible through an agile app framework
- Desktop and mobile syncing
- Share files on your terms
Cost: $3,600 - $9,000 for 50 users per year
43. pCloud (@pCloudapp)
pCloud is an easy-to-use service that allows you to store up to 10 GB of data for free, offers some lifetime plans with close to 2 TB of storage, and typically makes storing files easier. It has powerful multimedia features, tight security, great value subscription plans, and seamless sharing capabilities. pCloud improves the standard sync model by letting you access and work with online files as though they were on your local hard drive storage. It is also WebDAV-compatible for you to access your storage via third-party tools which feature WebDAV.
- File sharing by invitation to folder and download/upload links
- Easy file management through search, filter, and trash functions
- File versioning
Cost: $3.99 – $7.99 per month
44. ShareFile (@sharefile)
With ShareFile, you can not only access and share documents and files in only a few clicks, but you’ll also enjoy limitless storage, an adaptive email plugin, and the ability to share large files. With ShareFile, you can avoid all the messy data migration and get secure access to folders and files stored on legacy data systems or with third-party services. ShareFile’s bank-level security also guarantees the safety of all your files. Getting started with ShareFile is also incredibly easy thanks to the company’s dedicated support staff who are ready to guide you through every step.
- Tiered permissions give you control over who accesses certain files
- Unparalleled reliability and uptime
- Desktop, laptop, and mobile access are available
Cost: $10 - $338 per month
Sharesync services are designed to meet the security and privacy requirements for health information. Customer data is protected by unique encryption keys for every account, as well as access permissions for folders and files. And unlike traditional file sharing methods that could violate FDA, HITECH, and HIPAA regulations, Sharesync allows you to securely share all sensitive files behind a firewall, without the need for a VPN. It also supports an array of computing and mobile devices for easy file access.
- Real-time backup and point-in-time restore for Macs and PCs
- In-transit and at-rest encryption
- Admin control and visibility
Cost: $8 - $20 per user per month
46. SmartFile (@SmartFile)
SmartFile offers secure file management on-premises, in the cloud, and everywhere in between. With SmartFile, you can easily manage and share large file structures both inside and outside your company while reducing unauthorized file sharing and gaining better visibility. Users can send, receive, and manage files from the browser, desktop, FTP client, or SmartFile’s API.
- Unlimited storage and file size with storage and transfer encryption
- HIPAA-compliant activity logs
- File versioning and locking with granular permissions
Cost: $6 - $10 per user per month (enterprise pricing is also available)
Sookasa is a seamless CASB (cloud access security broker) solution that works with Dropbox, Slack, OneDrive, and other tools to offer encrypted, HIPAA-compliant storage. Putting files on this platform is as easy as uploading files to Dropbox or the other tools you already use. Sookasa’s partnerships make it possible to integrate your entire office into a higher-security solution without the clunky person-by-person setup and the need to encrypt every computer individually. There are also no size restrictions on how much data you can store, so you can practically encrypt everything. If you regularly share data, Sookasa provides a secure upload feature for you to exchange all documents through a secure portal rather than via email.
- No size restrictions
- Secure upload portal for you to share documents directly
- Encrypted storage folder
Cost: $10+ per user per month
48. SugarSync (@SugarSync)
SugarSync is more than an online backup solution. Besides performing conventional online backups, it also syncs files between devices while giving you access to the backed-up data from your mobile device. There are three pricing tiers, all of which support an unlimited number of devices. You can edit, save, and view your documents across different devices in addition to having full control over your files, and in the event of theft or loss, you can wipe data remotely from your Mac or PC with SugarSync. Since the data is still stored in the cloud, it can be easily synced to a replacement device.
- Automatic file syncing
- Remote wipe data
- Secure file sharing
Cost: $7.49 - $55 per month
While easy storage, sharing, and file access all come with Sync, this platform also maintains your privacy with end-to-end encryption so that only you can access your data. You can also send files of any size to anyone, even if they don’t have a Sync account. Various users can work from the same folder, with features like password protection, file requests, permissions, and expiry dates ensuring that you are in full control. Plus, Sync offers a 99.9% uptime SLA.
- Sharing and collaboration
- No third-party tracking
- Version history, rewind, and restore
Cost: $5 - $15 per user per month (billed annually)
Tresorit is one of the more secure cloud storage services on the market, with its primary weapon being private encryption. It also utilizes the TSL protocol to mitigate attacks that could target files during transfer, as well as AES 256-bit encryption to scramble files in storage. User files and metadata are stored in compliant and secure Azure data centers, while the sync feature lets you access your encrypted files from any browser and device. Rather than sending risky email attachments, Tresorit allows you to use password-protected links to send files from your Outlook app.
- User-friendly security
- Full control over your data
- End-to-end encryption through zero-knowledge privacy and public-key cryptography
Cost: $12 - $24 per user per month (billed annually)