25 July 2011 – From a purely business perspective, cloud computing makes a compelling case for healthcare providers. After all, the on-demand, pay-as-you-go cloud model offers a way to reduce the costs of applications and storage-no small matter for hospitals faced with challenges to maintaining revenue margin health.
Yet security issues weigh heavily on any decision to take advantage of the cloud platform. This was a key finding in a survey conducted last May by CDW LLC, a technology solutions and services firm in Vernon, Ill. The poll assessed current and future cloud computing use in healthcare, business, government, and education, and found that 28 percent of organizations (across all industries) use the cloud today in some capacity. Security issues were the number-one concern that could hold back their organization from either adopting or further implementing cloud computing.
It’s worth noting that compared to all of the business sectors surveyed, healthcare organizations take the most security measures, according to Nathan Coutinho, manager of enterprise server, storage, and virtualization solutions for CDW, which he attributes to federal HIPAA mandates. Indeed, proposed … Read more