In my last post, I answered why cloud migration is a benefit for healthcare companies. Today, I am discussing system integrations and cloud adoption.
As an organization migrates applications to the cloud, systems integration becomes of paramount importance. Many healthcare organizations began their journey to cloud using a hybrid and private cloud approach. When some applications remain on premises while others are housed in the cloud, data must seamlessly and securely be transferred bi-directionally, and in a timeframe consistent with operational requirements.
Some of the integration techniques used when all applications are within the same environment will no longer be possible, necessitating the creation of new interfaces with which in-house technology resources may be unfamiliar. Additionally, care must be taken to encrypt all data being transmitted over public networks to ensure compliance with privacy and security standards.
Although security, governance, and compliance in the cloud was a big concern in the past, it is now a major focus for vendors, who have large teams dedicated entirely to the area. Many of the major cloud providers now have a more robust security infrastructure and possess greater monitoring and response capabilities than what exists in-house for most healthcare organizations.
A recent report on cybersecurity in healthcare indicates that less than 10% of respondents could point to a security incident involving cloud in the past 12 months and that two out of three trust the security of public cloud solutions.
Access to core applications can be secured through VPN connections and whitelisted IP addresses, with all data encrypted throughout. The methods and controls available within the cloud provider’s security framework need to be evaluated and the specific means of securing access to the systems and data.
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