The cloud computing market in health care is expected to reach $5.4 billion by 2017 according to a recent study. In the past, the healthcare industry has been extremely resistant to embracing the cloud; however, today more healthcare organizations are rapidly moving their infrastructure and data to the cloud.
Despite the accelerated move towards cloud adoption, it is important for pharma, biotech, SaaS providers, and other healthcare organizations to tread lightly regarding sensitive and HIPAA related information in the cloud.
Applying security best practices is vital to protecting data that rests in the cloud.
The benefits of the cloud are too big to ignore
– About 300% Global health care cloud computing revenue is expected to increase from $1.8 billion in 2001 to $5.4 billion by 2017
Easy to spin resources up and downAccessible and portable dataReduce CAPEX spendHigh Performance/capacityShift IT focus process to innovationIdeal for big data compute jobsStill, sensitive Personally Identifiable Information is at risk.Patient NamesDiagnosesMedicationsHospital RecordsInsurance IDsSocial Security NumbersBilling InformationGenetic History
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Do you use Dropbox, YouSendIt, or email to send images and other patient data to your lab or colleagues? If so, you might want to rethink the practice, given the growing emphasis on HIPAA compliance and patient privacy.
Deadline To Update HIPAA Materials Is September 23, 2013 Mondaq News Alerts (registration) The final rules went into effect on March 26, 2013; covered entities and business associates must comply with the final rule by September 23, 2013.
In the weeks since Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald broke the news about the NSA’s secret surveillance programs, there’s been a lot of talk in the media, on Capitol Hill and elsewhere about “metadata.” What that talk has revealed is that not everyone understands what metadata is and why it’s important from a privacy perspective (of course, some people understand metadata but suggest there’s nothing to worry about).
To clear up what she describes as some of the “myths” about metadata, Ontario’s Information & Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian published a report earlier this month titled “A Primer on Metadata: Separating Fact from Fiction.” Dr. Cavoukian is probably best known as the founder and chief evangelist of Privacy by Design, a framework which advocates embedding privacy protections into product development and business practices from the outset to give users more control over their personal data.
In her new report, she makes the case that metadata may be more revealing than content itself. Some government officials have tried to downplay the importance of the NSA’s metadata collection, for example, by explaining that it doesn’t allow the government to listen in to what you’re saying on the phone. However, as Dr. Cavoukian and other privacy advocates argue, metadata that includes the numbers you call, when those calls are made, how long they last, and your phone’s interaction with cellphone towers can be used to create a detailed picture of where you spend your time, what you do and whom you interact with.
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