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The desire to bring physician and patient support systems into the clinic (and beyond) is driving a wave of innovations in both in the private and public sectors. The exponential growth of the Decision Support System (DSS) market has laid bare the divide of the “knows” and the “know nots”. Many of these platforms are crossing lines into medical devices, placing patient safety in potential jeopardy while many of those developing these platforms have a fleeting, if any, knowledge of industry standards, such as IEC62304.
Do you know what a Business Associate Agreement means to an average data center? No? Neither do they. Un-credentialed data centers claiming HIPAA compliance and willingness to sign a BAA are far too common. The quick, free litmus test is to simply ask a proposed or current provider the following: What do you do differently today than before you were HIPAA compliant?
In the Life Sciences, the call to the cloud was initially resisted. Like most technology adoption in this industry, it took a while, but I think it’s safe to say the cloud had arrived. Thankfully in an industry that thrives on a good acronym, we have some new ones to learn:
- IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service),
- SaaS (Software as a Service) and
- PaaS (Platform as a Service) being the most prevalent as far as service delivery options go.
We work with some of the largest health care systems in the country, but for every client we have, there are even more who put their trust in providers whose HIPAA compliance is ‘self-certified’ and ‘guaranteed’, not by a 3rd party certification but by a gaudy ‘HIPAA Compliant’ shield graphic that Jimmy from marketing designed.
As the reliability and confidence rate of hosted cloud services has improved over the last decade, so has the number of new hosted cloud service offerings. Based on your requirements, however, you can now choose from public cloud, private cloud, virtual private cloud, managed cloud, managed hybrid cloud, or colocation. There are valid reasons to choose any one of these options depending on your needs.
Hosting has come a long way since its first introduction. Most notably, the introduction of cloud computing in the mid-2000’s. The evolution continues as new technologies emerge and new ideas arise. While the benefits, uses, and variations are countless, there is a core set of cloud hosting solutions that are widely considered the mainstays.
Choosing a managed cloud solution provider is a different process for every company. While there are numerous companies that offer managed services, the first consideration should be what exactly you need from a cloud provider. You must clearly understand your requirements before beginning the research phase.
The decision to work with a cloud hosting provider is typically not made in isolation. IT operations are often very complex and require a variety of solutions, integrations, and connections in addition to determining where each of the applications will live and who will manage them. There is a great deal of planning and continual evolution that goes into assembling a successful IT operation.