Electronic Health Records And The Cloud

The move to Electronic Health Records (EHRs) in the US is expected to be a big part of the future of health care. Of course there are privacy and security concerns, and with the rush to "cloud" computing it increases the need for some clarity and direction for  both medical service providers and health care IT services.

In April, the Department of Health and Human Services reached a $100,000 HIPAA settlement with Phoenix Cardiac Surgery, after the small physician practice had managed clinical and surgical appointments, between 2007 and 2009, using an Internet-based calendar that also happened to be publicly-available.

The Internet being the most ubiquitous form of cloud computing, an Austin, Texas-based advocacy group called Patient Privacy Rights is pointing to the Phoenix Cardiac Surgery HIPAA violation as an example of why HHS should regulate, or at least guide, cloud use in healthcare.



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