Using the UCLA example as an excuse for some hospitals to not use the cloud is foolish. I understand the security issues with the cloud, and these issues are continually being worked on by top providers like IBM, Dell and Cisco. The problem with UCLA was the hospital employees. Employees went and accessed patient records to make money selling info to tabloids. Many of these employees were caught and fired, amongst other penalties. This wasn't an issue of hackers trying to steal information. A companies best protection against HIPAA violations is to limit access to their files, in fact it would be easier to view who accessed records if they were all electronic instead of paper filed in cabinets.
The heathcare sector does not seem interested in changing over to using cloud computing.
@Clairvoyant, healthcare sector is not interested in changing over to using cloud because its worried about the security of the cloud and those concerns are geninue. I hope security concerns related to cloud are resolved at the earliest so that all the sectors can enjoy the benefits of cloud.
Hospice, sure there is some amount of interest, but on an overall scale of the heathcare market, there is not enough interest at this time. This is why companies are backing out of their projects that were started for cloud computing for heathcare, and why this article is named "The Cloud's Foggy Path in Heathcare".
@Ariella - I just saw the story on Zappos site being hacked. Recently there was also a report about government sites being hacked. How secure is secure enough?
I would not be crazy about the idea of having my personal medical information on a cloud system....but would I even know that it is out there? I doubt anyone is going to ask my permission. As if I needed another reason not to see rthe doctor!
Very well put, Eldredge. Today's news includes reports that Zappos.com, the popular online shoe and apparel seller was hacked. That affects millions of their customers who have registered accounts that reveal their names, addresses, phone numbers, and the last few digits of their credit cards. Certainly, with all the personal information put up in one's medical records, security from hacks would be a major concern.
As I understand it, one of the major benefits of cloud technology is to provide easy access to stored data by multiple users. The dilemma becomes how to provide the correct level of access to sensitive data by authorized users (which is a list that may be constantly changing), while preventing any unauthorized access to the same data. In today's age of constant headlines about hacked 'secure' websites, there seems to be plenty of reason for skepticism.
I think as of now, they are limiting themselves the usage of cloud technology for online data storage and retrieval. But I think they have to come out from such constrains and explore another services, which can deploy and operate from cloud environment.
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