NHS sends patient data to the cloud

The UK’s NHS has announced patient data can be stored in the cloud, allowing care providers to store patient information outside the UK.

In a bid to hurry patient data into the cloud to save cash, the data can be hosted in the US and EU as its covered by Privacy Shield, a framework designed by the USA Department of Commerce and European Commission.

The framework provides companies on both sides of the Atlantic with a mechanism to comply with EU data protection requirements.

Rob Shaw, deputy chief executive at NHS Digital, said to mimecast: “It is for individual organisations to decide if they wish to use cloud and data offshoring.

‘Cloud increases the portability of data’

“There is a huge range of benefits in doing so, such as greater data security protection and reduced running costs when implemented effectively.”

The benefits include saving hardware and software costs, and “comprehensive backup and fast recovery of systems”.

NHS’s guidance documents said: “Use of the cloud increases the portability of data, meaning data can be distributed across multiple devices both within and without the boundary of your organisation.

“The right cultural understanding and behaviours need to be in place to manage this portability appropriately and mitigate any risks.”

Care providers must also ensure data protection and risk assessments are controlled.

Written by Leah Alger