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Why the healthcare BAA makes the cloud journey much tougher
This article is part of the Pulse issue of September 2018, Vol. 6, No.4
When it comes to cloud computing and healthcare, there's the seemingly easy and there's the definitely hard. Those two extremes can be neatly summed up by the experience of David Endicott, CTO and senior vice president of Providence Health & Services, a healthcare provider with 50 hospitals and 829 clinics across five Western states. It wasn't a long-term struggle for Endicott to implement a cloud-first strategy -- opting for Microsoft 365 and a cloud-based ERP system -- but he had to proceed deliberately and with caution. After deciding to move the hospital system's complex data analytics process to the public cloud, "easy" went out the window, thanks to the healthcare business associate agreement (BAA). Three years have passed since Endicott started shifting genomics research, operational data and some de-identified patient data to the cloud -- and it's still a work in progress. Overcoming inertia That dichotomy is reflected in a 2017 survey from KLAS Research, which showed hospitals are eager and enthusiastic about the public...
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Applying public cloud to healthcare can create a brave new world for hospitals. The CTO of Providence Health & Services strongly advises reading the healthcare BAA very carefully.
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Facing mounting pressure to take steps toward the healthcare cloud, hospital systems find themselves balancing modern infrastructure trends with HIPAA safeguards.
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