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Bitglass report: Cloud adoption on the rise in healthcare

The healthcare world has been wary of the cloud for a while now, citing possible HIPAA violation as the main concern and reason for not adopting the cloud. But according to a recent report by Bitglass, Inc. a cloud access security broker based in Campbell, Calif., that may be changing.

The report sampled over 100,000 businesses, with 8,148 of those businesses in the healthcare industry. The results showed that in regulated industries, such as financial services and healthcare, cloud adoption has nearly tripled jumping from 15% in 2014 to 39% this year.

In healthcare alone, cloud adoption has grown to 37% of the market, up from 8% in 2014, the report said.

In fact, SearchHealthIT recently spoke with Shawn Wiora, CIO and chief information security officer at Creative Solutions, based in Fort Worth, Texas, about how his healthcare organization is 100% in the cloud.

Despite this jump in healthcare’s adoption of the cloud, the report said the industry “remains a laggard due in part to HIPAA compliance concerns. Finding security solutions continues to be a challenge for the healthcare industry due to privacy concerns and limited applicability of Mobile Device Management solutions, where doctors have multiple hospital affiliations but only one device.”

But to those who believe cloud computing in healthcare is not and will never be HIPAA compliant, Judy Hanover, research director of provider IT transformation at IDC Health Insights, a research firm in Framingham, Mass., says: “That’s absolutely incorrect.”

Hanover told SearchHealthIT that cloud services enable healthcare organizations to not only access “best of breed” technology but also get back to focusing on the patient.

“The blinding pace at which these organizations are adopting cloud apps suggests that many of the unique needs of regulated industries are being solved by solutions,” the report said.

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How do you feel about being able to remotely control iPads?
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No need since iOS is profile-based. Install or remove profiles OTA. The devices are end-user centric, so you’d have to know end user passwords and user names to fix problems. ie- they want you to set up Citrix Receiver. The admin would still require the end user to supply their password. The end user could do this themselves with an email with instructions on how to set up the app.
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Not required for Ipad – but would be damned handy for Android based devices…
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in a corporation with multiple devices some form of device management is necessary.
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Required if they are to be part of any enterprise configuration.
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These devices are here to stay and if we can’t help the user fix a problem it will be another area that IT is seen not to deliver on.
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iPads are easy to use. But seeing what the customer sees is really helpful.
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I tend to agree with the comment that an ipad is easy to use – most problems i see come from connectivity and associated setting up of the device – most of these problems can’t be fixed by remote connectivity/takeover. You could argue it could be helpful to set up applications – most ios apps set themselves up and have little user set needs. While there may still be opportunties to use remote takeover – doubt the benefit will outway the cost.
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It would be a very useful tool.
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That's the need of the hour, the ability to remotely control iPads from the comfort of other devices, especially PC.
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We have deployed about 15 iPads instead of laptops to our regional managers. They are using these to do their job daily, and while they primarily consume information, there is a small amount of data that they generate. Being able to remotely control them and help them through a problem could be a useful tool.
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With the increasing momentum towards iPads in the workplace, this is a required tool.
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2x has an RDP feature that we have used for a long time, both on Android and iPad.
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Required for Federal use....
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need in todays operations
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In general, not needed. But when a user calls and needs helps, what a great tool to be able to connect to IPAD and work on it.
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Is this REALLY necessary? If your people aren't trained in your app, provide training (or hire a competent UI designer). That is a simple fix that addresses the root cause.

If your people can't muster up the intellectual horsepower to use an iPad... What exactly do they bring to the table? I assume they'd have trouble cutting their own food, or not eating their pens.
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Up to this point, I haven't seen the need for remote-control of a tablet device. If they get much more sophisticated, it might be necessary, so to me this is currently a whiz-bang option.
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I like it and its useful
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It's valuable. Good idea.
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As a work tool provided by the employer, it is a valuable asset to manage the equipment if it is stolen, lost or damaged.
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May be usefull.
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If someone is always on the go remote access, only if secure, is very valuable.
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Useful for Corporate iPAD users and Field Force
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This will prove essential to support business applications in the field on iPad/iPhone devices.
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can be useful to support a C-level user that needs help. We have users that utilize VPN on the iDevices, so if they are unable to connect to the VPN, our admins may be able to support them via the remote control client.
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This will make easier for support to manage users and machines.
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This feature will provide additional effective measures beyond posture assessment for policy driven security management.

Eddie Powell
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About time
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This is going to be great feature for admins.
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We await this product
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ipad is personal , the world of IT crime is big , so leave the ipad closed , one device i can use without suspiscion
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This is the age of doing everything instantly and the possiblities of doing remotely is the double cream on the stew, cheesy dishes and cakes- but watch out for that unwanted fat! Yes. Controlling iPads remotely is not going to be a remote possibility anymore!
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It opens for business use of iPads in the company..
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It will minimise troubleshooting when the user is not at the same location as an engineer would now be able to see the user's issue first hand.
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A good tool to acquire
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It's a cool utility, but how many IT techs really need to remote control to a users Ipad?
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1, PAD is very user friendly application. remote help is almost unnecessary.
2, IT applications have to follow up new & good trend_easy of use, just like iOS & Android solution which can saving lots of cost. microsoft type of interface are really sucks.
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I'm interested prmarily for my non technical clients who are buying the iPads, not reading the manual or who are too busy "multi-tasking" to keep track of what they're doing who than end up having an issue.
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Absolutely valuable! Deploying these to the field to end users that have not used an iPad will really help my helpdesk to complete the task with minimal interruption to our end users. The end users are there to sell products and not to spend alot of time to figure out how to setup the iPad.
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I'm glad our company doesn't allow personal devices and mobile devices unless its for a VP. IOS devices are killing IT as we know it. When was the last time you actually trouble shooted an ios device. There isn't much that can go wrong as everything is restricted and less functional than a proper PC (desktop and laptop included) windows 8 should change that but people for some reason don't care so much about function as long as it's pretty
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This is a game changer...
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