Cloud Computing Toolkit

The HIMSS Cloud Computing Toolkit provides resources to healthcare organizations in terms of risk management, operational integrity, and data security in the cloud.

Cloud computing services offer healthcare providers, health plans, and other healthcare organizations significant information technology savings and increased scalability.  However, not all cloud providers are created alike -- risks need to be managed and operational integrity, as well as data security, needs to be maintained.

Read through the summary of cloud computing resources available in the Cloud Computing Toolkit or navigate to the individual resources below.

 

Background on Cloud Computing White Paper
Understand the basics of cloud computing and its evolution in today’s IT market, including differences between various cloud models and environments, as well as the benefits from the financial, business continuity, and performance perspectives. 

Cloud Computing Privacy and Security 101
Understand the big picture as it relates to cloud computing privacy and security issues, including the advantages and disadvantages of cloud computing and considerations for healthcare organizations.

Top 10 Cloud Security Concerns – Questions to Ask Potential Cloud Providers
Learn the questions to ask cloud service providers about the information security aspects of their cloud service offerings based on 10 areas of security concerns.

Cloud Computing in Healthcare - Privacy and Security Considerations
Read through this presentation regarding the privacy and security considerations of cloud computing in healthcare.  

Navigating HIPAA While Moving to the Cloud
Learn how to realize the benefits of cloud computing services while still complying with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Using the Cloud for Data Backup
Utilize this paper as a guide to determine if remote backup of confidential information to the cloud is appropriate for your organization.

Acceptable Use Policy Template for Cloud Computing
Leverage this resource to help your organization craft an acceptable use policy for cloud computing resources for your organization.

2014 HIMSS Analytics Cloud Computing Survey
Understand the challenges, barriers and successes healthcare organizations are having with cloud services by reading through the results of the 2014 HIMSS Analytics Cloud Survey.