in HIPAA Headlines by John Brewer

The buzz word in the EHR world is definitely “cloud”.

Are you on the cloud?  You’re not on the cloud? I can’t believe you’re not on the cloud.

Quick look back in corporate computing history:

  • IBM mainframes (original cloud)
  • Personal Computers
  • Server / Thin Client (cloud 2.0)
  • Personal Computers
  • Cloud (3.0)

What’s that saying?  What comes around, goes around.  Or is it: history repeats itself.

Anyway, I want to make it clear that I’m not anti-cloud.

BUT – I also want to make it clear that the cloud is not the perfect solutions that your EHR salesperson is making it out to be.

This article on The Verge tells a story that must be part of your calculations as to whether you want to use a cloud based EHR.

The short version of the story is, the CEO of a web service Meetup received an extortion email threatening a distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack that would shut them down…unless they paid a ransom.

Before he could even delete the email, the DDOS attack began.

For those that don’t really care what a DDOS attack is, the quick explanation is, somebody has thousands of computers around the world send hundreds of requests to a website and overload the website server to the point where it can’t do anything.

What does this have to do with your cloud?

Well, who better to extort than EHR vendors running a cloud based EHR.

Just imagine how much an EHR vendor would pay to keep your cloud from going down.

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