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How to keep cloud services compliant with HIPAA standards
This article is part of the Pulse issue of February 2016 | Volume 4 Issue 1
The regular addition of cloud technology services has analysts concerned that health IT departments are being overwhelmed by the speed of these changes and don't possess adequate resources to be sure their cloud-based workloads comply with HIPAA standards. The adoption of cloud in healthcare has been steadily increasing for some time now. Hospitals, health plan providers and physician groups rely on these services to help reduce some of their infrastructure complexities and reduce costs. Considering the amount of available cloud services and the number of healthcare entities that are using them, it's easy to deduce that a large quantity of patients' health information (PHI) resides in the cloud, permanently or temporarily. As providers increase their dependence on cloud and online services, health IT executives face the pressure of constantly certifying that all of their cloud services meet HIPAA standards. There are two distinct types of services that IT generally deals with when working with cloud providers, and each one deals...
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With digital healthcare images increasingly being stored and shared in provider data networks, medical imaging systems need more cybersecurity, according to experts.
As smartphones and tablets proliferate in hospitals -- increasing the risks of an endpoint security breach -- health IT executives must broaden and harden their defenses.
People from low income populations suffering from chronic diseases could benefit from the use of wearable healthcare technology. However, there are several barriers in the way, experts said.
As more healthcare providers send aspects of their business into the cloud, they must be aware that such a move doesn't free them from their HIPAA compliance duties.
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With an ever-increasing array of mobile devices available, healthcare IT pros must ensure healthcare information security at endpoints.