The velocity at which healthcare data is growing every day, it has become an intricate task for the businesses to process ubiquitously generated data and information collected through various information gathering devices. Managing this voluminous data using outdated IT systems is not only complicated, however, requires manpower, advanced technology with better security provisions and hefty capital outflow. This is one of the driving forces behind cloud adoption by healthcare institutions.

Cloud storage allows healthcare sectors to store their data on a centralized location that can be expeditiously accessed from anywhere in the world with a simple internet access. As a result, these services are helping healthcare industry to effectively manage and access patient records, which ostensibly improves patient care. Significantly, a well-executed cloud technology allows hospitals to process tasks without facing any fall in performance graph.

Major Concern among HealthCare Providers:

One of the major trepidations among healthcare industry to move their confidential patient data to the cloud is security. Thus, it becomes inescapably important that the cloud storage systems should be armed with adequate protection techniques in order to avert unauthorized access to healthcare information. According to the "Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996" enacted by the United States and duly signed by President Bill Clinton, businesses dealing with medical information must ensure stringent security and privacy guidelines for the use and distribution of health care information.

The recent update to the HIPAA mandates medical institutions, healthcare segments and cloud storage providers to be complaint with HIPAA guidelines. If any of them found guilty and are not in compliance, the results can be catastrophic.

Stringent Policies: A Must for Cloud Service Providers

The increasing security breaches and data infringement activities vociferate for a secured online environment, and, therefore, a business needs to be cautious while partnering with a cloud service provider. For the cloud providers it is inevitably imperative to have trailblazing security policies in place to safeguard healthcare data. The cloud storage vendors should implement best-in-class encryption methods to shield confidential healthcare data.

The other guideline by HIPPA states that there should be authorized access to personally identifiable health information (PHI). In case of security breach, the concerned business associate will be held accountable.Thus, the provider should see to it and follow the same.

In a nutshell, cloud service providers in compliance with HIPPA law are less vulnerable to threats as they maintain high security standards, which reduce cybercrimes and ensure better patient care.