‘Fasten your contracts’ or risk a bumpy ride in the ‘Cloud’ blawger Steven J. Fox warns healthcare providers

Never accept the vendor’s standard form contract as the final word; remember that everything is negotiable,” cautions Steven J. Fox.  Fox shared the podium with Lee Kim, HIMSS’ Director of Privacy and Security, at the HIMSS conference in Orlando to speak on “Hidden Pitfalls with Cloud, Mobile Technology, and Mobile Data”.  Fox, who chairs Post & Schell’s Information Technology Practice Group, spoke extensively on steps healthcare providers can take before and during contract negotiations to protect their interests.  According to AuntMinnie, the medical imaging industry’s online news magazine, which covered the talk in depth, if you “[w]ant to implement a cloud-based health IT system…[you] need to perform thorough technical and business due diligence to ensure patient privacy and the availability and security of your data….”  While this is good advice for any contract negotiations, cloud data storage’s unique set of issues – reviewed in the HIMSS talk — makes these precautions especially vital.

See full AuntMinnie article at “Cloud IT use requires technical, business due diligence”

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