Electronic Health Records in a Cloud computing Architecture – conclusion

Cloud computing offers an alternative for integrating EHRs to the enterprise-based solutions. Such a solution involves storage of data in a cloud infrastructure offered by a third party, from where the users of the data can get access by using standard web browsers. Although offering cost-saving advantages for healthcare providers, integrating EHRs in the clouds need to take cognizance of security risks that may arise following such integration. Some of these include issues of trust for the third party managing the data, hosting in clouds maintained in countries with different legislative framework, and susceptibility to unauthorized access during transmission. Dealing with such security issues, through ways such as accrediting service providers, will reduce the concerns with adopting cloud computing for EHRs thus support communication among healthcare stakeholders.

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