There is no doubt that cloud computing has made its mark on many industries, especially healthcare. As more organizations move to the cloud, agencies like the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are realizing the necessity of regulation as it relates to privacy and HIPAA. This week in health IT news, we take a look at this as well how networks are evolving to meet the needs of cloud, tools needed for a successful health IT cloud adoption, and more. Continue reading for the latest in health IT news.
Department of Health and Human Services Issues Guidance on HIPAA and Cloud Providers
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently published guidance on HIPAA requirements governing the use of cloud computing entities, specifically cloud services providers (CSPs). In this guidance, HHS explains that CSPs that create, receive, maintain, or transmit protected health information (PHI) on behalf of a covered entity or business associate are considered business associates under HIPAA, and are therefore subject to HIPAA’s requirements. What do the new requirements mean for cloud service providers? Continue reading for more.
Increased Cloud Demands Call for Health IT WAN Evolution
Wide area networks (WAN) connect clinicians and other medical professionals to their organization’s data center to retrieve documents and records needed to perform their jobs. As technology continues to advance in the healthcare industry, WANs are changing to meet evolving challenges. Continue reading to find out how networks are changing in healthcare.
Management Tools Vital to Continued Health IT Cloud Adoption
Enterprise IT environments are transforming rapidly, but IT departments are struggling to manage increasingly complex cloud environments, according to a recent survey conducted by 451 Research.
The research firm polled 166 US-based enterprise IT organizations regarding their use of cloud infrastructure including the management and automation processes used to oversee their cloud deployments. Continue reading to find out more.
New Technologies Require Solid Health IT Infrastructure
The healthcare IT solutions market is projected to reach $228.79 billion by 2020 and lead to significant changes to the industry’s IT infrastructure. Research firm MarketsandMarkets estimates that the global health IT market including interoperability, healthcare analytics, and telemedicine will grow 13.4 percent CAGR over the next four years. Continue reading to find out how this growth will be impacting the healthcare industry.