How cloud computing influences the security of medical software?
By Ewa Gunter
Cloud computing data offers a number of benefits for medical and healthcare organisations, such as scalability, expertise, and compliance. On the other hand, it introduces new security risks and challenges that we, as a medical software solution provider, have to face.
Threats in the medical cloud security environment
One of the biggest security issues is that cloud environments are typically shared by multiple organizations. This means that if one organization’s data is compromised, it could affect other organizations on the same platform.
Additionally, medical or healthcare organizations may have less control over their data and security when they move it to the cloud. Another concern is that cloud computing introduces new attack vectors that healthcare organizations need to be aware of. For example, attackers can exploit vulnerabilities in cloud applications or APIs to gain access to sensitive data.
Above examples rarely happen, but as a client you need to be aware of them. Despite the mentioned concerns, cloud-based services providers ensure security for medical application in the cloud. They use strict security measures like encryption, access controls, and regular data backups.
Despite the risks, cloud computing can be a secure way to store and manage medical software.
The most common challenges in the healthcare cloud security industry
According to the article “Security challenges and solutions using healthcare cloud computing” by Mohammad Mehrtak et al. , the following are some specific security challenges that healthcare organizations need to be aware of when using cloud computing:
The article also offers some solutions to these challenges:
The most frequently identified solutions for cloud computing security challenges (based on 48 studies dedicated to solutions for cloud technology).
Source: Mehrtak M, SeyedAlinaghi S, MohsseniPour M, Noori T, Karimi A, Shamsabadi A, Heydari M, Barzegary A, Mirzapour P, Soleymanzadeh M, Vahedi F, Mehraeen E, Dadras O. Security challenges and solutions using healthcare cloud computing. J Med Life. 2021 Jul-Aug;14(4):448-461.
Choose the right cloud data provider
In conclusion, it is worth summarising that healthcare organisations can mitigate the risks by choosing a reputable cloud provider, encrypting data, using strong passwords and multi-factor authentication, monitoring cloud activity, and educating staff on cloud security best practices.
By following these best practices, medical and healthcare organizations can help to protect their data and applications in the cloud. Would you like to talk about your medical software migration to the cloud? Contact us.
 Mehrtak M, SeyedAlinaghi S, MohsseniPour M, Noori T, Karimi A, Shamsabadi A, Heydari M, Barzegary A, Mirzapour P, Soleymanzadeh M, Vahedi F, Mehraeen E, Dadras O. Security challenges and solutions using healthcare cloud computing. J Med Life. 2021 Jul-Aug;14(4):448-461. doi: 10.25122/jml-2021-0100. PMID: 34621367; PMCID: PMC8485370. Access online: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8485370/