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Healthcare Services in the Cloud – Obstacles to Adoption, and a Way Forward

Cloud computing has been receiving a great deal of attention during the past few years. A major feature of public cloud services is that data are processed remotely in unknown systems that the users do not own or operate. This context creates a number of challenges related to data privacy and security and may hinder the adoption of cloud technology in, for example, the healthcare domain. This paper presents results from a stakeholder elicitation activity, in which the participants identified a number of obstacles to the adoption of cloud computing for the processing of healthcare data. We compare our results with previous studies and outline accountability as a possible way forward to increase the adoption of cloud services in the healthcare domain.

Karin Bernsmed, Daniela Soares Cruzes, Martin Gilje Jaatun, Børge Haugset, Erlend Andreas Gjære
Publication Date: 
Monday, September 8, 2014 to Friday, September 12, 2014
Fribourg, Switzerland
Publication Reference: 

Bernsmed, K.; Cruzes, D.S.; Jaatun, M.G.; Haugset, B.; Gjaere, E.A., "Healthcare Services in the Cloud -- Obstacles to Adoption, and a Way Forward", 2014 Ninth International Conference onAvailability, Reliability and Security (ARES), 8-12 Sept. 2014, Fribourg, Switzerland, Page(s): 158 - 165, INSPEC Accession Number: 14819439, IEEE, DOI: 10.1109/ARES.2014.28.