CIO, analyst say cloud computing in healthcare meets HIPAA

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Kristen Lee.

Creative Solutions in Healthcare may be the only health organization at present that completely operates in the cloud. "We are the first healthcare company, to my knowledge, that is 100% in the cloud," said Shawn Wiora, CIO at Creative Solutions, based in Fort Worth, Texas. The company was founded in 2000 and currently owns and operates dozens of skilled nursing facilities and assisted living facilities.

Wiora explained that Creative Solutions currently has 43 different applications in the cloud, including its EHR, accounting applications and maintenance software. He said Creative Solutions' HR office system is currently being hosted with Ceridian Dayforce, and its EHR is being hosted with PointClickCare. The company has been 100% in the cloud since the beginning of 2015...

"The challenge that I'm putting out there in the industry is that I'm putting all of my [healthcare] CIO and CISO peers on notice that there's nothing in HIPAA that prevents you from going to the cloud," Wiora said. "I've been very public about the fact that if you're not in the cloud, you're doing a disservice to your patient."...

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