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7/17/2014
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Alison Diana
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Healthcare IT Cloud Safety: 5 Basics

Healthcare is warming up to cloud services, and that means extra vigilance. Here's what you should be doing at a minimum to keep data safe.
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Before an internal audit, one small hospital believed it had about 20 cloud services in use. After the audit, it knew employees were using about 200 cloud services, says Kamal Shah, vice president of products at Skyhigh Networks, in an interview. 'When IT looked at the list they found there were many [apps] they had never heard of before,' he says. 
When employees download cloud-based apps for file sharing, storage, collaboration, and other functions, IT should review employees' favorite apps and consider whether any meet the department's security and other criteria, he says. If so, the organization can standardize on these apps, educate employees about their availability, and encourage their use, he says. 
'By doing that you're consolidating services, making available services that are in demand, and you're putting the necessary controls in place to comply with your regulatory, security, and compliance needs,' says Shah.
(Image: Skyhigh Networks)
Before an internal audit, one small hospital believed it had about 20 cloud services in use. After the audit, it knew employees were using about 200 cloud services, says Kamal Shah, vice president of products at Skyhigh Networks, in an interview. "When IT looked at the list they found there were many [apps] they had never heard of before," he says.
When employees download cloud-based apps for file sharing, storage, collaboration, and other functions, IT should review employees' favorite apps and consider whether any meet the department's security and other criteria, he says. If so, the organization can standardize on these apps, educate employees about their availability, and encourage their use, he says.
"By doing that you're consolidating services, making available services that are in demand, and you're putting the necessary controls in place to comply with your regulatory, security, and compliance needs," says Shah.
(Image: Skyhigh Networks)

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7/22/2014 | 3:33:48 PM
Re: HIPAA is key!
HIPAA is vital because, in healthcare, you truly are responsible for your partners' behavior - or lack, thereof. If a business associate's security is breached, then the healthcare system is both at risk and responsible. In some cases, depending on location (such as Florida), it may have to notify patients and law enforcement about the breach. So you want to ensure cloud service providers meet stringent criteria and HIPAA's a good place to start.
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7/17/2014 | 5:52:35 PM
HIPAA is key!
This part of the atricle is great:

 

"When using cloud services, healthcare organizations must be certain that providers meet HIPAA regulations, said Jennifer Christianson, a partner in the law firm Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, in an interview."

 

Luckiy now a days there are many services out that that have become HIPAA certfied to help healthcare practitioners. Here at SurveyMonkey we offer a completely HIPAA compliant platform. THis is incredibly useful for professionals that are gathering medical research, patient intakes etc. Many companies are jumping onboard including Verizon and Amazon. It's absolutely crucial that we are able to provide these services to the healthcare industry so they may achieve their goals! 
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