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