Networking and privacy issues are top concerns for managing imaging data in the cloud, which was a topic addressed at the recent RNSA conference. According to Fred Prior, PhD, of Washington University in St. Louis, cloud computing can offer many advantages to medical imaging, but effective project management is crucial to realize any cost savings.
Is the Cloud Implying a False Sense of Security?
Placing the word “cloud” into a computing technology gives the uninitiated a false sense of unlimited space and infallible security. Well, not all networks are created equal. For teaching hospitals affiliated with a university, radiologists are most likely spoiled by the easy access to a high-speed university network. The assumption is that they can push medical images to the “cloud” quickly and with little thought.