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How safe are cloud services for healthcare?

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In May, hackers broke into the networks of Medical Informatics Engineering (MIE), an Indiana-based medical software company. While the hack escaped notice by most major media outlets, it might have been one of the biggest healthcare digital breaches to date. 

Medical Informatics Engineering (MIE), operates more than 300 medical centers in 38 states. The company believes that the compromised data includes patient names, mailing and email addresses, Social Security numbers and sensitive medical records.

The attack against MIE is notable for another reason, too. The hackers also broke into the company’s cloud-service, which allows patients to access their medical information remotely. 

In recent years many healthcare organizations have begun to move their storage and computing capabilities to the cloud. 

In an article in Healthcare Informatics Darren Guccione, CEO of Keeper Security, Inc cited a recent report from Skyhigh Networks showing that the average healthcare organization uses 928 cloud services, and the average healthcare employee uses 28 cloud services during the course of a day. 

The sheer number of cloud services in use presents an obvious security risk, but Skyhigh warns that only 7 percent of those 928 services meet its enterprise security and compliance requirements. Put another way, 93 percent of these cloud services are a security risk to the healthcare organization.

Guccione asked the question, Is the Cloud Safe for Healthcare?

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