Multi-cloud in healthcare? Think security
October 27, 2022
Special thanks to Tapan Mehta, Global Leader—Healthcare Industry Strategy and Solutions, Palo Alto Networks, for his collaboration and contribution to this blog post.
We see clouds on the horizon for healthcare organizations ... the good kind. Hybrid, multi-cloud environments, to be precise. The kind that reduce costs, enhance flexibility and enable remote work and services while also helping organizations get closer to their customers.
Cloud is inevitable, really, no matter what the industry, including healthcare. According to Gartner, more than 85% of organizations will embrace a cloud-first principle by 2025. In fact, the analyst group said, cloud is so important that it will become essential to fully execute digital strategies. Accenture research shows that up to 60% of healthcare CIOs and CISOs recognize the security benefits of the public cloud—and over 66% are in the process of shifting to cloud services.
Cloud facilitates the development of applications and technologies such as electronic medical records, mobile apps, patient portals, IoT and IoMT and big data analytics. It provides agility, scalability and flexibility, which in turn improves patient outcomes and the entire decision-making process for the organization.
The upshot: Healthcare organizations that want to stay competitive should move quickly.
There isn't any. A hybrid multi-cloud infrastructure offers the ability to use, identify and monitor information across the entire continuum of care through a single pane of glass, simplifying and accelerating intelligence at the point of care and improving collaboration among clinicians. In healthcare and research, cloud—hybrid in particular—is ushering in a new era as providers and researchers take advantage of the best features of each major cloud provider while avoiding vendor lock-in. In research alone, hybrid cloud is driving breakthroughs in genomics, cell imaging, electron microscopy, drug discoveries and disease prediction.
Unfortunately, fears about security have been holding healthcare organizations back when it comes to cloud. To show how modern healthcare organizations can make security an advantage when moving to hybrid clouds, let's dive right into a real-world example.
Working with one of the nation’s most prestigious hospital systems, Accenture and Palo Alto Networks conducted a no-cost Secure Cloud Express diagnostic scan covering all four of the hospital system’s cloud environments — Azure, AWS, GCP and Oracle. Palo Alto Networks’ Prisma Cloud identified hundreds of misconfigurations that could have led to compliance issues and security vulnerabilities. In addition, its Xpanse tool identified the extent of the attack surface, attack surface risks and ‘shadow IT.’ As a result, the hospital system expects significant time savings and risk reduction.
This is just one example of how Palo Alto Networks and Accenture work together to provide technology and security capabilities that enable business transformation—improving network performance and ensuring consistent security, reducing security rework and costs and accelerating time to market for new digital services.
Take a holistic approach to cybersecurity risk management and the capabilities, processes and staffing. This includes:
Without question, multi-cloud is a necessity. To smooth out the process, organizations should consider cybersecurity from the beginning. Consider it a must, not an afterthought.
Learn more about how the Accenture and Palo Alto Networks partnership helps companies move to the cloud securely.
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