CHESS Health is a growing, B2B startup that develops evidence-based mobile apps for healthcare. Its main product, A-CHESS, is a mobile app that provides support and relapse prevention to patients in addiction recovery. CHESS Health markets to insurance providers as well as healthcare providers including hospitals and clinics. Headquartered in Rochester, New York, the company employs a workforce with more than half devoted to software development.

THE CHALLENGE

When CHESS Health opened shop, the company made the strategic decision to run its infrastructure and applications in the cloud, rather than invest tens of thousands of dollars into an on-premises data center. The scalability and cost-effectiveness of Amazon Web Services (AWS) were a perfect fit for the lean startup.

As a vendor in the healthcare space, CHESS must comply with regulations such as HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996). Many of the company’s clients also require HITRUST (Health Information Trust Alliance) certification. This has placed a high emphasis on cloud security for the CHESS development team as well as the entire company.

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