But like with most things in healthcare, organizations need to keep following up after choosing the right vendor and signing an airtight contract to best protect data. In the last few years, cloud computing has moved from an option for healthcare providers to, increasingly, a business necessity. By outsourcing data management to a cloud services company, hospitals can free up their own technical staff to do more work closer to their core competencies.Microsoft coming along with a public cloud infrastructure, once upon a time, seemed like an unlikely proposition for healthcare, with sensitive data workloads, Simon Kos, Microsoft chief medical officer, said in a recent interview. The whole concept that healthcare organizations would put that information in the public cloud and trust it, seemed at odds with how sensitive that data was and the industry compliance.Since 2016 weve moved a long way, Koss continued. Now we have widespread deployment of sensitive data in the public cloud in compliant ways, and as the big hyperscale cloud providers engage in competition in the market, were seeing the cost of storage and computing drive right down.

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