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May 2017, Vol. 5, No. 3

Cloud in healthcare boosts storage, mobility efforts

As improved data security increases confidence in the cloud among hospitals and physician practices, mobility and storage initiatives are reaping the rewards. Historically, the cloud in healthcare has been strong on efficiency, but not so much on security, said Larry Ponemon, chairman and founder of the Ponemon Institute, a data protection research center based in Traverse City, Mich. The idea of storing protected health information (PHI) and other sensitive information in the cloud was frowned upon. That stance has changed in the last few years. Now, providers are stronger on security, which strengthens the case for the cloud in healthcare. "The big [vendors] have built really strong IT infrastructure, and in many cases, it is much more secure than you would find on premises," Ponemon said. To protect data in the cloud, he noted, IT needs to know where all the sensitive data is located and have a plan for organizing that information. "Not all of that information is equal," he added, "and you want to protect the 'crown jewel' --...

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