When your healthcare organization needs a secure computing environment that isn’t accessible to the public, using a secure private cloud is a beneficial option to consider. Private clouds store protected health information (PHI) safely from attacks, breeches, and other threats to your data.
Private clouds are becoming increasingly popular among businesses in the healthcare industry. Are you considering switching to a private cloud? Here’s what you need to know.
What is a private cloud?
Private clouds are secure environments with multiple layers of protection to keep all information stored in the cloud safe. They offer a higher level of security and control over the environment than public clouds, but also include a number of benefits you get when using a public cloud. The flexibility to scale data storage up and down as your needs change can also be found in a private cloud. A properly configured private cloud will have redundancy at all layers to provide maximum up-time.
Private clouds also use enterprise class firewalls, switches, web application firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and more. Data should be encrypted both at rest and in transit. Backup and recovery for private clouds is robust, giving you peace of mind that your data will always be secure and available to you.
Hosted private cloud
Hosted private clouds are cloud environments that live in a data center and do not share any resources with other organizations, they are owned by your managed hosting provider. Set up, management, and maintenance of the underlying infrastructure as well as of your dedicated environment are all performed by your private cloud hosting provider allowing you and your teams to focus on other critical aspects of the business. Within the providers’ private cloud, your environment will be segmented at the network layer, storage layer, and virtualization layer and will be hardened to industry best practices ensuring the highest level of security.
What to consider if you’re in the healthcare industry
Think about some of the following when trying to decide if a private cloud is right for your organization:
- Are you monitoring PHI? Private clouds offer the peace of mind and ability to know exactly where your PHI resides, unlike public cloud solutions.
- Do you need increased control over the size of your storage environment? If so, private cloud is the way to go.
- Do you need a customized environment? Private cloud gives you the ability to create a customized environment to meet compliance standards. Some private cloud offerings are already HITRUST certified and HIPAA compliant.
- Is security a top priority for your organization? Private clouds have increased security since the environment is your own and not shared.
SmartBase Solutions Managed Private Cloud
SmartBase Managed Private Cloud elevates the threat of PHI breeches or distribution without consent. We become an extension of your team, owning and managing the infrastructure while allowing you to focus on your clients. Give us a call at 612.767.9940 or contact us today to learn more about any of our solutions.
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