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?
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 issues.to 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.
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