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Health care cloud computing: Ensuring patient data security
Cloud computing holds a lot of promise for the healthcare industry, since infrastructure costs can hinder the adoption of EHR systems. However, many providers shy away from cloud services because of security concerns. Inside this e-zine, gain insight on how to utilize the cloud while still ensuring patient data security and HIPAA compliance.
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Before a health care organization contracts with a cloud storage provider, both sides must settle the thorny issues of data ownership, possession, backup and retrieval.
Cloud storage is a viable option for health care entities, but they must address HIPAA compliance, risk assessment and data encryption before contracting with a service provider.
Uptime issues with health care cloud services can lead to HIPAA compliance issues, not to mention lawsuits. To avoid problems, be firm when negotiating service agreements.