Healthcare IT attorney Steve Fox spoke on risks of cloud computing at the AHA’s Leadership Summit held in San Diego this year. According to attorney Fox, the data which the health care industry handles is growing exponentially, a trend driven in large part by the increasing use of mobile devices. In his talk he explained that health care providers are adopting cloud and mobile technology for their affordability and convenience, but may be unaware of hidden costs in these new options. Fox asserts that cloud computing presents new challenges for health care organizations in terms of securing the applications and data. Issues with vendors may arise over service levels, security of information, ownership of information that is remotely hosted by a third party and use of hosted data by the vendor. In his presentation Fox provided advice on how to avoid some of the more important pitfalls with cloud computing. He said that technology may provide greater efficiencies, but it must be used responsibly and that patient information which passes through the technology must be responsibly handled as well.