Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The Anatomy of an Internet Hack: Denial of Service

Do you really want your data in the Cloud ? Digital Health Space receives daily updates in regard to internet security and the reliablity of the internet.

Many of my subscribers have switched to cloud based electronic health records, and many health information exchanges use general internet sources using VPN or tunneling platforms.

Are you at risk ?  My philosophy is if your system is connected to a broadband internet service you are at risk if you are even plugged into an ISP.

What are the trade-offs of a cloud based vs a client-server electronic health record?

Advantages and Disadvantages of Cloud Computing

A network ISP server rack hosting multiple applications.  Often these are leased by EHR vendors to serve their clients.  Your data could share  space with Amazon, Best Buy or many others.

Or have your own hardware and data stored in house. Secure, but much more labor intensive with updates, patches, and  local maintenance delays.

Many vendors offer both types.

The difference in cost, and licensing are important consnider.

And don't forget HIPAA.  Not all cloud servers are HIPAA compliant. Even if the EHR is HIPAA compliant, Cloud vendors/servers may not be HIPAA compliant.

Dyn Analysis Summary Of Friday October 21 Attack | Dyn Blog


  1. I think the advantages of telemedicine and e-health far outweigh the overall risks. I mean, yes the data that is stored online can be hacked but at the same time all of these service providers put a lot of effort in the security of the system and do regular patches and updates to make sure the system is safe for its users.

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