Top Segments Ranked
Healthcare and pharmaceutical companies are the fastest growing segments for secure cloud growth, according to a poll that specifically asked about use of security-enhanced cloud environments.
The survey, conducted in the first quarter of 2015, revealed that healthcare was well ahead of other industries with similarly strict laws and regulations for IT.
Top segments for secure cloud:
- Healthcare/pharmaceutical – 38%
- Finance – 25%
- Telecom – 16%
- Public sector – 9%.
The HIPAA-Compliant Cloud
There are a wide variety of ways that Healthcare and Pharmaceutical organizations can use cloud’s efficiency and speed within a secure setting, as through the world’s only healthcare-exclusive cloud:
- The rise of patient-generated health data (PGHD) apps to improve care and help patients recover more quickly
- The desire to build and enhance interoperability to reduce medical errors
- The urgency to tap into precision medicine and other potential rewards of big data to modify diagnostics and treatments.
Assuming that the cloud environment is fully safeguarded to meet the expectations of HIPAA, cloud can be an extraordinarily valuable technology. “Use of cloud services can reduce operational costs and improve efficiency,” said HIPAA Journal, “while the physical space that needs to be dedicated to secure on-site data storage can instead be used for revenue generating purposes.”
When companies want to use cloud services, it’s necessary to scrutinize the provider to make sure it has numerous checks and balances in place to prevent breaches and HIPAA violations. Whenever a company provides health IT to healthcare or pharmaceutical companies, it’s defined by the HHS Office for Civil Rights as a business associate. Covered entities – healthcare providers, plans, and clearinghouses – must keep business associate agreements on file related to all these partner organizations.
Getting started with your secure cloud project
For years, healthcare companies avoided cloud due to security concerns. We responded by building HIPAA compliance directly into our healthcare-exclusive HealthDATA™ Cloud Platform – which combines the most advanced cloud technology, information security, and performance with a robust offering of managed and professional services.