Cloud Storage in the Medical Industry
Things are always changing in the medical industry. Technology advances every day. This means that MediSurge and our peers are constantly pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. Because of this, our team keeps on top of the discussions that surround the latest technological advancements in our field.
When it comes to our industry, one of the most popular topics we run into is how cloud storage systems is utilized in the medical field.
The invention of cloud storage systems has opened new possibilities for data in the healthcare industry. Instead of managing countless papers or requiring in-house backup servers, medical professionals can now store files for use anytime and anywhere on the cloud.
There are several risks and benefits associated with cloud storage. Our team is breaking down some of the most important ones to keep in mind.
The cloud is designed to make it simple for the right people to look at files. However, with this ease of accessibility also comes the risk of security breaches. Since information that’s stored in the cloud can be viewed from anywhere in the world with the right login credentials, this opens the possibility of hackers accessing confidential patient information.
Although this is, admittedly, a concern for some cloud integrations, companies and developers that specialize in healthcare cloud storage are fervently working to ensure that data stays secure. Many people are hesitant to migrate information to the cloud, but there are several intensive security measures in place so that patient data stays secure. That isn’t to say that breaches never happen, but they are a rare occurrence, instead of being the norm.
Losing files is essentially a worst-case scenario for healthcare institutions (or any business for that matter). While pre-cloud technology required hard copy or external server backups, the cloud has eliminated the need for this.
Many healthcare cloud storage systems are set up as a backup to whatever other data storage system the organization is using. That way, if something happens to the server in their building, they still have access to files on the cloud.
This is incredibly useful, because cloud storage can accommodate massive amounts of data, which means that items can be kept on it for security reasons long after they aren’t needed on the original system.
As with anything else in the medical industry, HIPAA is always at the forefront of any process. It’s essential that patient information remains confidential for the sake of everyone involved.
Because of this, some cloud storage solutions have developed specialized methods to ensure that they’re HIPAA compliant. However, there is no certification that officially marks a storage system as HIPAA compliant, so the responsibility for maintaining confidentiality falls on both the healthcare institution and their storage partner.
Ease of Use
Cloud storage is most well known for being convenient to access remotely. Instead of needing to sign into a specific computer or system, users can just sign into the cloud and access data, no matter where they are in the world. Some cloud systems even allow for multiple people to update a file in real time, so that they can collaborate even if they’re on opposite sides of the world.
This is probably the most useful benefit that cloud storage offers. It allows for healthcare professionals to access, alter, and save important data, no matter where they are, which can be a huge benefit, especially for remote teams.
Although cloud storage is becoming more widespread, it is still constantly improving. There may be concerns today that are solved tomorrow, because like anything else in the medical industry, it exists to innovate.
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