With cloud computing predicted to become the healthcare industry infrastructure standard in the not-too-distant future, IT leaders need to educate themselves about the expanding array of HIPAA-compliant cloud service models available.
The number of “as-a-service” cloud technology options is growing as healthcare organizations seek a low-cost, nimble way to build the complex infrastructure required to support EHRs, Big Data analytics and other key initiatives. Solutions now include analytics-as-a-service (AaaS), managed software-as-a-service (MSaaS), mobile backend-as-a-service (MBaaS), identity and access management-as-a-service (IDaaS), and backup and disaster recovery-as-a-service (DRaaS), in addition to the most common models:
- Software-as-a-service, with centrally stored data accessed via a web browser, is ideal for EHRs, medical practice management systems and health information exchange.
- Platform-as-a-service offers an application hosting environment accessed through a custom app, providing healthcare organizations greater control over their cloud environment.
- Infrastructure-as-a-service is more suited to large institutions with skilled IT staff. The vendor provides the storage, networks and other computing resources, but the organization controls the operating systems, storage and deployed applications.
Find out more about which cloud service models are the best match for your organization’s resources and patient care goals.