Cloud Computing–Myths and Risks
I remember coming across several “cloud” terms about a little over a year ago and for some reason came to the conclusion that “the cloud” was a complex, if not futuristic concept that had nothing to do with healthcare IT. Boy was I wrong.
Cloud computing and storage, in my opinion, is not only the wave of the future and essential component of a true integrated, interoperable HIT system, but is a fairly simple and brilliant concept. One takeaway from my HCI courses was how cloud computing is “the” solution for cost-effective, efficient storage of images.
There is much concern regarding cloud computing and privacy and security of PHI. Andrew Stroka, president and CEO of Fischer International, speaks to this as he discusses myths and risks posed by cloud computing.
1. Identity management in the cloud is less secure
Stroka argues the cloud is more secure as information is encrypted in the cloud as compared to on-site solutions that often contain unencrypted PHI.
2. Dramatic changes to the infrastructure are necessary to house IdM in the cloud.
Infrastructure changes are not necessary; existing IT systems can be seamlessly integrated as if they were running on premise.
3. On-premise identity solutions are more proficient than on-site solutions
The same functionality offered by onsite solutions can be achieved by cloud-based, IdM solutions. The difference is the hosting provider of a cloud solution is motivated to reduce the cost of hosting, necessitating better design and ease of maintenance.
Common Risks of Cloud Computing
1. Access control policies that are not thorough.
Threats and vulnerabilities stem from failure to enforce security policies and procedures.
2. Lack of training.
Users must be educated regarding IT security to know how to secure their own information.
3. Insider Threat
Internal users cause most data breaches and many unknowingly enable an external threat.
Cloud services are anticipated to be 20% CAGR (compound annual growth rate) through 2014. Increased compliance, secure data and a safe, secure environment for patient care are experienced by providers who embrace cloud computing.
More on cloud computing: define:Cloud computing – Google Search.
Posted on March 9, 2011, in News and tagged cloud computing, cloud computing risks, cloud storage, EHR, electronic health record, electronic medical record, EMR, health information technology, healthcare information technology, HIT. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.