By Marty Puranik
Cloud computing is compelling to healthcare covered entities and other organizations that handle protected health information (PHI). Cloud improves efficiency and speed by allowing for various servers to all work in unison, with software that orchestrates many different machines to allow them to each operate at closer to total capacity. You also get greater availability and uptime: if a server fails or is not ready, you are shifted straight to another server.
However, this technology presents those who use it with risks that must be addressed if you want to meet the HIPAA Security Rule (which applies the patient rights described in the Privacy Rule to digital environments via a mandate for technical, administrative, and physical safeguards) and the rest of federal healthcare law.