Providers are beginning to consider cloud computing in healthcare, but their trust in public cloud options (such as Amazon and Google) is weak, according to a KLAS perception report Path to Cloud Computing Foggy: Perception Study 2011.
In addition to patient data security, two major provider concerns KLAS identified were data privacy and data control. As a result, a growing number of providers are gravitating toward private clouds, where they could use designated servers and ensure control and security of their data.
Overall, hospitals are taking a cautious, staged approach to adopting the cloud. One CIO of a facility with more than 1,000 beds told KLAS, “I don’t know that there are a ton of major healthcare providers putting their patient data in the (public) cloud right now. From a liability perspective, it isn’t as mature as some other industries. That is a major concern for me right now.”
On the physician practice side, clouds may be a more attractive option. A doctor from a 300 physician clinic told KLAS, “From a standalone practice’s perspective, I am generally scared that I will lose my data. But if it is in the cloud, I know it is more secure. I can see why physicians who have their own practices might all want to use cloud solutions. Then they wouldn’t have to worry about the security of the data on-site in their office.”
KLAS also found stand-alone facilities (mainly physician practices) see cost and security benefits in linking up with larger organizations to obtain an EMR that is privately hosted in that parent organization’s cloud.