Hybrid cloud platforms — not private clouds — are likely to be the deployment of choice for many healthcare organizations and nearly half of all large enterprises by 2017, predicts a recent Gartner report. Rapid growth in the public cloud market is being fueled by increasing numbers of use cases, broader service offerings and the opportunity for organizations to reduce costs yet expand data center capabilities.

Compliance and security remain big barriers to healthcare cloud adoption, but the landscape is shifting for several reasons:

  • The cloud market has matured
  • Changes in policies and governance are redefining how organizations can leverage the cloud
  • Laws and regulations, such as the Omnibus rule, have allowed organizations to become business associates (BAs) and take on additional liability to manage PHI, directly supporting new types of cloud initiatives
  • Healthcare-ready cloud providers can now run cloud-based workloads that meet PCI DSS, FISMA, FedRAMP, SOC, DoD and HIPAA compliance standards

Find out more about how evolving hybrid cloud platforms can provide the security and compliance you need to protect your sensitive patient data while also cost-effectively supporting data analytics, population health and your other patient care goals.

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