By Ameesh Divatia, co-founder and CEO, Baffle

The healthcare industry is becoming more digitized with organizations seeing the value of shifting operations to the cloud. From patients and providers to insurers and pharmacists, cloud computing can help streamline everything from information storage and patient services to insurance transactions. In a HIMSS Analytics survey of healthcare IT executives taken in January 2017, 65 percent of respondents said their healthcare organizations currently use the cloud or cloud services.

There are many benefits to partnering with a cloud service provider for extensible infrastructure, reduced costs, ease of access to data, and big data and analytics, for example. But this outsourced approach can also increase data security risk because the healthcare industry has been a prime target for attacks, given it offers a package of personal identifying information – financial and medical – which is among the most valuable commodities on the dark web. Although cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) providers are accountable for the security of their data centers and the server hardware they use, the healthcare organization is responsible for securing the data and applications on which it runs. To help ensure a successful partnership, here are four important questions healthcare organizations should address when choosing to migrate services and data to a cloud provider. 

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