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Special Edition, June 2013

How private or hybrid cloud storage solutions can improve care

This is the fourth and final tip in a series exploring cloud computing in healthcare. The first tip looked at cloud computing as a storage solution, and the second explored the types of storage available for healthcare data. The third tip considers the use of public and private clouds in storage applications. Storage policies and the regulatory environment are discussed here. A final requirement dictating where data is stored is tied to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Both these organizations are coordinating the implementation of electronic medical records in hospitals and clinics, and to accomplish this, they have advised on the meaningful use of electronic medical records. According to the two regulatory groups, one indication that an organization is using an EMR meaningfully is that it can exchange health information between hospitals and clinics which is one of the greatest benefits of cloud storage. Which leads to the final question that all hospitals...

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