US healthcare facility adopts cloud solution

It is expected the move will save around $13.9 million

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Article date 19 December 2013
US healthcare facility adopts cloud solution
Bosses at the University of Colorado Health (UCHealth) facility, which is one of the largest healthcare providers in the state, will adopt a new cloud solution.

Microsoft is working with the institution to implement the platform and the main driver behind it is concerns over cyber security. Localised servers present a number of difficulties for hospitals as patient details are more vulnerable to breaches than they would be at a virtualised data centre.

The NHS has repeatedly tried to implement similar solutions across its hospitals but a botched IT upgrade in 2008 cost the taxpayer billions of pounds more than forecast and was widely regarded as a failure.

But Steve Hess, UCHealth's chief information officer, is more optimistic about the Microsoft Office 365 project.

"Microsoft's strong commitment to data security, privacy and compliance ... coupled with its willingness to sign a comprehensive Business Associate Agreement for Office 365, gave us the confidence we needed to overcome our cloud anxieties," Mr Hess said.

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