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    Edwards Wildman's Mike Bennett Comments on Medical Practices Moving to Cloud-based Services in Medical Office Today

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    Mike Bennett, an intellectual property partner in Edwards Wildman's Chicago office, commented on considerations that medical practices should keep in mind when switching to a cloud-based provider in Medical Office Today. In the article "The Cloud's Impact on Healthcare Privacy," Bennett said, "Normally, a cloud provider relies on many other cloud providers to provider data storage, internet access, software and other requirements. The policies and practices of all those providers must be reviewed before it can be determined whether or not a specific client's requirements can be accommodated.” Furthermore, he added, "Those obligations [confidentiality, security, notice, accessibility and access] can be imposed by federal law, such as HITECH, HIPAA, state law, or by contract with patients, and other healthcare providers. But since cloud services are relatively inexpensive, cloud providers may be unwilling to bear the healthcare provider's full liability associated with a failure to meet those obligations.”

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