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Physicians implementing electronic health records should consider cloud computing

How SaaS Can Help Minimize Risks March 30, 2011 – Howard Anderson, Executive Editor, HealthcareInfoSecurity.com Physicians implementing electronic health records should consider cloud computing as a way to improve security, says healthcare IT consultant Patricia Dodgen. The software-as-a-service model provides more security for EHRs than most smaller physician practices can afford to implement with a locally hosted system, says Dodgen, CEO at the consulting firm Hielix. In an interview (transcript below) Dodgen:
  • Contends that smaller practices using cloud computing for EHRs can have their patient information stored in secure data centers offering more protection than they can provide on their own servers. She also says the remotely hosted EHRs offer better back-up services.
  • Laments that many practices lack knowledge about privacy and security issues. Points out that emerging statewide health information exchanges must use encryption, authentication and audit trails to adequately address privacy and security issues. “The HIEs we’ve been involved in have led with the question of privacy and security because that’s a deal killer for many of the participants they are soliciting to come on board,” she says.
  • Predicts the Nationwide Health Information Network standards could pave the way for exchange of patient data across state lines, but only if adequate authentication — perhaps including biometrics — is implemented.
Full article: http://www.healthcareinfosecurity.com/articles.php?art_id=3482