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New White Paper Identifies How to Protect Personal Health Information Using Cloud Technologies

August 14, 2012
WEDI recently announced the release of a new white paper that offers insights into how Cloud Computing can be used as a reliable method to safeguard Protected Health Information.

As consumers, businesses and government agencies continue to struggle with methods to deal with online breaches of the Internet cloud’s digital security, WEDI’s new white paper, “Using PHI & Cloud Computing: A Focus on the Intersection of Cloud Technology and Privacy/Security,” highlights the current uses of the Cloud and reveals the necessary functionality to insure Protected Health Information. The paper is based on information collected from a WEDI survey designed to gauge the industry’s knowledge and uses of the Cloud that was sent to various healthcare organizations that currently use or sell Cloud computing services. Respondents consisted of vendors, accrediting organizations and a state agency client.

“As the healthcare industry continues to leverage technology in order to enhance quality of care and efficiency, cloud computing tools are growing in popularity,” said Devin Jopp, Ed.D., WEDI President & CEO. “This important whitepaper helps organizations better understand how to comply with HIPAA while taking advantage of cloud computing systems”.

In addition to providing a complete summary of the Cloud computing survey responses, WEDI’s whitepaper lists several ways in which these organizations use Cloud computing to ensure protection of their sensitive data. It also offers recommendations on how to successfully utilize the cloud and describes the status of the healthcare industry’s use of Cloud computing environments for healthcare data.

The paper was written by the WEDI Cloud Computing Sub-Workgroup, which is comprised of WEDI members who represent a wide cross-section of industries and included representation by individuals with in-depth experience with privacy and security requirements, data handling and Cloud computing technologies.

“Using PHI & Cloud Computing: A Focus on the Intersection of Cloud Technology and Privacy/Security” is available for download at www.wedi.org in the “Resources” section alongside the two other recently released WEDI white papers : “Implementing a Healthcare Payment EFT Process to Accompany a Healthcare Claim Payment Remittance Advice” and ‘Incorporating Financial Neutrality into ICD-10 Implementation Plan.”

Contact Information

Mario Marzette
Director of Marketing
WEDI
(703) 789-2368
mmarzette@wedi.org