There are tremendous advantages of implementing the cloud computing technology in healthcare field. However, as we all know there is no such a thing called “perfection”. Therefore, health care organizations are facing some huge risks mostly represented in: turning over data, security, availability and control to a third party, which means that the organizations have absolutely no control over where their data actually located.
Many EMR( Electronic Medical Records) vendors do not own their own servers. They are rented from companies like Amazon, Microsoft, Apple, and other data bank companies. Chances are good that your EMR flows on the same server, and hard drives as Twitter or Facebook. Unfortunately, Unauthorized disclosure of information results in severe consequences to the organization and significant costs in recovering and restoring data as well as notifying affected individuals.
Based on the security issue some important questions have been raised; How responsible can physicians or hospitals be for breaches by a vendor, or cloud system provider? What about hackers? What are the results of hacking the patients EMR? HIPAA will become rather meaningless!
A survey has been conducted by Healthcare IT News asked its readers if their organizations plan on implementing cloud computing:
The Survey's Results: • Forty-eight percent said they plan on making cloud computing part of their organization’s health IT infrastructure. • While 33 percent are already using cloud. Cloud computing has quickly made inroads in their health IT space. • Only 19 percent of respondents indicated they are not going for the cloud because of Security issues surrounding cloud computing
Another survey has been conducted by KLAS ( Which is a research firm on a global mission to improve healthcare delivery by enabling providers to be heard and to be counted) titled Cloud Computing Perception 2013: The Hybrid Cloud in Healthcare.
The Survey's Result: 66% of non- cloud users surveyed said security was definitely the main issue stopping them from moving forward with adoption.