Data Storage: Storing Health Records in the Cloud: 10 Reasons Why It's a Bad Idea

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-08-17 Print this article Print
Storing Health Records in the Cloud: 10 Reasons Why Its a Bad Idea

Storing Health Records in the Cloud: 10 Reasons Why Its a Bad Idea

by Chris Preimesberger
Cloud computing is a hot concept in the e-health records business. It's easy to deploy and use, little or no infrastructure is needed, and you pay as you go. The debate continues about how secure important personal documents, such as financials and health care reports, are in cloud storage; there seems to be no conclusive answers. Both the pro- and anti-cloud camps have clear points in their favor. This slide show examines the potential pitfalls of storing health records in the cloud and why physicians should store and maintain their data on local services instead of in a distant, Web-based, on-demand system. A key disclosure: Our chief resource here is Dr. Jonathan Bertman, founder and CEO of Amazing Charts, a client/server-based health-care record software maker. Noting his professional bias, here are his views that the cloud isn't the best place to store for your personal health records.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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