The healthcare IT HIMSS ’12 conference this year was full of great educational sessions and presentations from industry leaders and health IT professionals. One presentation with speakers native to our home-base of Michigan, Navigating the Cloud: Risk and Protections for Healthcare Data outlines a few key points when it comes to choosing a cloud vendor in the healthcare industry.
Discussing the benefits of cloud computing in healthcare, privacy and security risks when healthcare data is stored in the cloud and the contracts and due diligence required to protect PHI were key learning objectives, according to the slideshow.
After defining RFP’s in cloud computing, they moved on to “picking the vendor” and listed a few factors a covered entity should consider when choosing a long-term, HIPAA compliant cloud vendor:
The presentation goes on to a covered entity’s due diligence on choosing a vendor – what should you check when choosing a HIPAA compliant cloud provider?
The next section goes over cloud contracting basics, which I’d like to cover in another blog post…
But if you’re looking for other resources about HIPAA compliant clouds, try reading this article about high-capacity compliant clouds and why they’re ideal for healthcare data storage and PHI high availability.
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