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Over the past decade, more and more of our management software programs have taken to storing much of our clinical data in the cloud. Although this is often touted as a great and wonderful advancement, it does carry with it certain administrative responsibilities. On October 6, 2016, the United States Department of Health and Human Services introduced guidance on HIPAA and Cloud Computing (http:// www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/special-topics/ cloud-computing/index.html). This month’s column will provide an overview of this information. Cloud services providers are separate entities from those that provide health care services and business associates who transact with these entities. Business associates are entities or subcontractors that are privy to a patient’s protected health information and create, receive, or provide services on another entity’s behalf. On 1 end of the spectrum, cloud services providers provide on-demand Internet-access services and expand their service offerings to networks, servers, storage, applications, and comprehensive software solutions.

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