Is HIPAA Compliance Possible in Public Cloud Environments?
Public clouds, which deliver scalable computing services via third-party providers, offer many promising benefits to healthcare organizations.
Despite the growing acceptance and deployment of cloud technology, concerns about HIPAA compliance and security remain top of mind. Just 7 percent of healthcare organizations say they consider public cloud to be the most secure choice, compared with hybrid cloud and nonhosted private cloud options, according to a March survey by Nutanix.
Cloud vendors are responsible for the physical security of the offsite infrastructure and facility that handles users’ data. But healthcare organizations also have key responsibilities, such as configuring firewalls, patching operating systems, and assigning access and privileges to the right people.
“The cloud is more secure than...