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Course: Security and the Cloud

Final Project Topic: Cloud Computing in Health Care

Attached is the discussion about the topic

Instructions: Submit your final project documents here including the .ppt, the 750 word paper, and the 5 source annotated bibliography.

10-12 slides(slides which consists introduction titles and the end titles are not considered as the appropriate slides)

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Cloud Computing in Healthcare

Globalization, scaling, increased use of technology, increased financial complexity, uncertainty of targeted attacks on organizations information infrastructure have all contributed to the ever-increasing number as well as sophistication of cyber-attacks on healthcare data. Additionally, the current century is defined as the information age. This is because information and data has become a valuable resource in all sectors including healthcare setting. According to (Goldzweig, 2009) ‘‘securing data is a fundamental concern in today’s dynamic global environment.’’ Traditional ways of storing and protecting healthcare information through flat files, hardware (CPU, memory, G/Ç unit) has proved not to work in the current world. Cloud computing is one of the emerging security technologies that has transformed healthcare industry and continues to change the manner in which organization’s data is stored and protected. ‘‘Cloud computing has been coined as an umbrella term to describe a category of sophisticated on-demand computing services initially offered by commercial providers’’ (Rajkumar Buyya, 2011). Cloud technology is also expected to bring a lasting solution to most of health organization’s data problems. However, full possibilities of cloud technology in healthcare setting is yet to be fully explored particularly due to inadequate guidelines for healthcare organizations and individuals attempting to incorporate cloud technology into health centres information systems. Additionally, a research in this area would also provide a framework of tools and processes to overcome technical challenges.

Although cloud technology is a paradigm shift in information security, healthcare industry has recorded the lowest rate of adoption of cloud computing model compared to organizations in other sectors. CDW reports their Cloud Computing Tracking Poll research done in United States of America (USA) in 2011 and reveals that only 30% of healthcare organizations are incorporating and maintaining cloud computing-based systems (CDW LLC, 2011). Among those healthcare organizations who have adopted cloud computing, 39% of them are using Live Meeting, 24% are using Gmail, and 18% are using Google Docs. Therefore, so far, the dominant cloud services adopted in healthcare are still commodity applications, not yet the core applications with healthcare specialties or other cloud-based services, like storage. The main reason behind low adoption of cloud computing technology in healthcare is attributed to lack of information particularly on the best framework for incorporating this emerging technology into healthcare information system as well as impacts of cloud technology on the healthcare system. It is clear that research is needed in this area to shade light on these concerns.

Numerous concerns including ‘‘security and privacy, government policies and regulations, and data handling’’ (Rajan, 2010) are the dominant barriers to fast adoption of cloud computing. Different research works describe existence of these concerns, their consequences, and the need to solve these issues. However, these works have ended up with contradictory results with few addressing the root causes and provided lasting solutions. A research that attempts to resolves the major issues that have been discovered in different literatures is required. Additionally, this research should involve people in the field, and then provide practical guidelines on overcoming these roadblocks using analytical tools. Even though no one absolute solution works for all scenarios, at least a research in this topic hopes to reveal all the hidden blocks and spell out the principles, so that healthcare managers, readers and other concerned individuals can get ahead of the curve when facing the transformation.


Goldzweig, C. L., Towfigh, A., Maglione, M., & Shekelle, P. G. (2009, January 27). Costs andBenefits of Health Information Technology: New Trends from the Literature. Value in HealthCare.

Rajkumar Buyya, J. B. (2011). Cloud Computing: Principles and Paradigms. John Wiley & Son.

Rajan, S. S., Rossman, G., White, E., & Carlos Oliveira, M. 0. (2010). Nine Design Principles of anEnterprise Cloud-oriented Data center Blueprint.