New Program Accredits Healthcare Cloud Services

Three healthcare cloud computing vendors are the first to be accredited for meeting best business practices, and complying with privacy and security requirements under HIPAA and the FedRamp federal government program governing cloud security.

The vendors—FIGmd, HealthcarePays Network and MedicaSoft—were beta sites for the new cloud services accreditation program from the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission, which has 18 accreditation programs.

Many organizations have private clouds for storing data. But the public cloud market is different and vastly more complicated because data from an organization can be stored anywhere on hundreds of servers. When that data is wanted, it needs to be retrieved from all of those servers, says Lee Barrett, executive director of EHNAC.

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