There’s no doubting that cloud computing has made a profound difference to the provisioning and deployment of IT infrastructure across a huge range of verticals. The debate around the benefits of virtualization technology and private or public clouds is ongoing, but given the enormous expansion of cloud platforms, their use by businesses and other organizations, and the cost savings the cloud can bring, it’s an overly conservative and cautious industry that doesn’t at least dip a toe into the cloud.
The healthcare industry has good reason to be cautious. Compliance with HIPAA, other regulatory implications, and a strong desire to have control over data privacy and security have slowed the pace of uptake of cloud platforms by hospitals and other healthcare organizations. However, cloud hosting has made leaps and bounds in privacy since the early leaky days.