Health IT Managers Slow to Implement Cloud
This Editor’s Pick highlights the results of a KLAS study about cloud computing and healthcare. Security and privacy concerns related to critical patient data are causing healthcare IT managers to delay cloud computing. While 58 percent of 97 healthcare CIOs are considering using cloud computing, only 35 percent of those expressing interest have concrete plans to implement it. While CIOs are concerned about the explosion of medical records data and digitized images, they are also worried about being able to meet Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) privacy rules with sensitive patient data in a cloud environment. Respondents did recognize the benefits of cloud computing and expressed greater confidence in private clouds versus public clouds. The industry is in the early stages of cloud adoption, and many healthcare IT managers are waiting for cloud computing to mature in order to better address their security needs.