When it comes to healthcare, cloud computing is making a name and it has served as medical director support as well as everyone in the healthcare industry is benefiting from it. NHS has already given its approval to use cloud computing in healthcare sector. In fact, a guide was already published with recommendations on how the healthcare industry can employ cloud computing. It also tackles data off shoring and its uses in keeping the important information of the patients. This is a big change in the policy because majority of the healthcare providers and facilities are still using on-site IT models.
This is the reason why NHS is quite behind compared to other sectors of the government in the United Kingdom. Starting 2013, cloud computing has been a priority by IT departments in the public sector.
Cloud computing is already utilized by organization such as Code4Health by the NHS England and NHS Choices but it the approval is considered a milestone because they already gave permission for the cloud computing to be used in a broader sense.
According to the new national guidance, it is mandated that all data should be kept inside the UK-European Economic Area which pertains to countries that follow the standards created by the European Commission in order to protect data. This also covers US services that are under the Privacy Shield of the data transfer deal.
According to MedConfidential, a medical privacy campaign organization, the Privacy Shield which was agreed by the United States and The European Union has received many criticisms including a number of data protections regulators in Europe. According to European officials, the arrangement was in order after they have conducted their first yearly review in 2017.
MedConfidential also said that the rules by MoD are quite strict because they ordered that cloud data should only be kept inside the UK network which is considered as a limitation. Therefore many providers including Microsoft, Amazon, Oracle, Google and IBM decided to construct their first cloud data facilities within Britain.
Nonetheless, the acceptance by the NHS will make things easier as cloud computing serves as medical director support and the organization aims to make sure that security is arranged from the local level to protect patient information.