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This article is part of the September 2011 issue of Health care cloud computing: Ensuring patient data security
The meaning of the phrase health care cloud is evolving as the U.S. health care system expands its IT infrastructure. It can refer to patient Web portals, radiology image sharing, back-office Software as a Service (SaaS) for insurance billing and accounting applications, even patient care documentation contained in Google Docs and secured with third-party applications such as CloudLock Vault. If federal health IT leaders' dreams come true, it will also include a nationally connected health information exchange within a few years. Learn more about setting cloud uptime guarantees Tips for tackling cloud uptime in service level agreements Cloud storage SLAs guarantee cloud uptime, but not data availability Have questions about the health care cloud? Ask them at the Health IT Exchange! Right now, however, health care cloud typically refers to just one thing -- Web-based electronic health records (EHR) systems, hosted by a vendor. Regardless of how an organization uses patient data within the cloud, uptime is the key to a successful implementation and continued ... Access >>>
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Negotiating maximum cloud uptime from service providers
by Don Fluckinger, News Director
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.
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