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Five common concerns of cloud services in healthcare
This article is part of the Pulse issue of May 2017, Vol. 5, No. 3
With the ongoing expansion of the digital footprint in hospitals because of increased electronic health records adoption, IT departments are turning to cloud services to address some of their scalability issues. However, despite the pressing need for IT to quickly grow their infrastructure, many hospital executives have questions about cloud costs, security and reliability. Executives also feel uneasy about adopting cloud services in healthcare without addressing these concerns upfront. There have been varying levels of cloud adoption in hospitals over the past decade. The early adopters maximized the use of the cloud by having most of their systems hosted outside their facilities, while others hesitated to entrust their environment to an external entity. Regardless, concerns about cloud services in healthcare will affect all IT groups at some point. Data security regulations delay IT cloud adoption. Protecting the digital assets of an organization is a top priority for IT. For hospitals, that also means making sure cloud ...
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The cloud is crucial to many initiatives in healthcare, including value-based care, big data and patient engagement. CIOs recognize the importance of cloud computing and embrace it.
Healthcare traditionally has been wary of cloud services, but improvements in security and more efficient mobile device management may help boost cloud adoption.
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As long-standing worries dissipate, hospitals more frequently approach cloud computing with greater confidence. Cost and scalability benefits have proved to be strong motivators.
While the cloud is gaining traction in healthcare, some hospital executives are hesitant to adopt cloud services due to concerns about data security and HIPAA compliance.