The cloud is positioned to be a key player in healthcare. This in spite of serious concerns about data and HIPAA rules. Forbes brought this interesting information to us in their article, “For Healthcare, Cloud Computing Comes In Measured Doses.

A survey from Level 3 and HIMMS Analytics revealed a growing adoption of the cloud for a range of healthcare functions in just the past two years. The survey found that 47% of survey respondents were planning to use the cloud for back office functions. This is up from 22% just two years ago.

Data being considered for the public cloud would not contain confidential business operations, intellectual property, patient records or de-identified information. Unfortunately, the volume of that type of data is minimal.

Organizations are increasingly willing to trust the cloud with protected health information. Healthcare providers are testing cloud platforms with back office applications first, with plans to leverage cloud solutions to manage analytics, storage and rolling out patient facing applications.

Melody K. Smith

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