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By Lucas Spohn

Idana Now Offers Hybrid Clouds for Clinics


Dear Companists,

Though Idana’s cloud solution complies with the strict General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), clinics attach great importance to saving their data locally. In order to allow clinics that would particularly benefit from a digitally supported anamnesis with automated documentation to use Idana without any concerns, our development team has spent the last few weeks working on a hybrid cloud solution suitable for clinics.

With success - early this week we received the approval of the data protection officer and a department of the University Hospital Freiburg ordered our new hybrid cloud solution with a set of pre-configured tablets - a first sales success for our brand new clinic solution! In this update, we would like to explain the significance of digital security means to clinics and hospitals and how our hybrid cloud solution works.


When code decides between life and death: IT security in healthcare

Clinics are special customers for eHealth companies in many respects: They bundle medical competence, have a high reach and, as multipliers, can thus promote faster market penetration than private practices. However, they are also particularly demanding customers - and for good reason: It was not only the malware program "WannaCry," which shut down more than 200,000 organizations, including several hospitals, throughout Europe in May 2017, that created an awareness of how important data protection is for clinics.

While data protection among private individuals is primarily associated with the fear of becoming a "transparent person" and being vulnerable in this way, data leaks in the clinic can be life-threatening for the patient. The loss of patient data is almost more problematic than data theft: Diagnostics is largely data-fed, and reliable data flow is also essential for the majority of treatments, for example in radiotherapy or for aids such as respiratory or monitoring devices.

Since attacks on IT systems or data breaches can pose a threat to patients' lives, a "simple" security standard is not sufficient. For this reason, clinics and hospitals, sometimes even larger practices, maintain their own servers on which IT is hosted.


Our solution for clinical use: The Idana Cloud Hybrid

The solution we devised for clinics relies on storing the data on the clinic's intranet, while simultaneously using the cloud to transmit the anamnesis data from the doctor's PC to the tablet and back.

As a result, patient data is only temporarily stored in the cloud and is deleted when the transfer process is complete. Although patient data is stored locally in the clinic, Idana can easily be used for telemedical surveys - even if patients use their own devices.   


Idana - hybrid cloud


Best greetings from Freiburg,
Lucas Spohn


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