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Does it make sense for health care institutions to maintain their own dedicated IT infrastructure, or is a “community” shared infrastructure a more efficient route to take?

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFlexITy Healthcare

It seems to me, from a CEO perspective that a dedicated infrastructure is more agile, efficient and accountable than a community structure. It would also seem that a community approach to an infrastructure to pose increased security risks as well as failure or downtime issues. If one hospital (or branch) has issues, the interruption to service and information does not have as great an impact as a community wide grid going down.

September 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNancy D.

I think there are pros and cons to both but a community infrastructure will allow for scaling and peak demand of resources as well as facilitate standardization.

September 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTomC

Taking security into account, use cases for the cloud computing architecture include:

* Providing access to browser-based EHRs and EMRs with end-to-end encryption in either: 1) Tightly controlled private clouds 2)Non-private clouds only if the patient identifiers are stored in encrypted data files (in the cloud or in local storage).
* Storing de-identified patient data in centralized databases for public access or for restricted access by authorized persons (e.g., for research purposes).
* Storing practice guidelines in public clouds.
* Home monitoring, whereby data from measurement devices (e.g., a glucometer) are streamed to a provider’s private cloud with end-to-end encryption.
* CRM, business intelligence, content management and research-based applications in private clouds with end-to-end encryption.
* Hosting Web conferences to dispersed audiences.
* Enabling real-time collaboration in private clouds with patient data encrypted end-to-end or in public clouds with de-identified patient data only.

September 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChris C

Clearly, Cloud Computing is important to streamline healthcare whether it is for maintaining health records, monitoring of patients, collaboration with peers, even analysis of data, etc.. I can foresee numerous possibilities in this field. With further maturation of security in Cloud Computing, we will see more and more of healthcare tapping into the cloud. At the same time, the governments in different countries should smarten up their regulatory policies to suit the modern technology so that both businesses and patients can take advantage of them.

September 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSteven H (IBM)