QTS Realty Trust, an international provider of data center, managed hosting and cloud services, has announced the launch of QTS Healthcare Community Cloud (HCC). QTS HCC is a purpose-built Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud solution exclusively for healthcare organizations meeting strict regulatory mandates including HIPAA and HITECH.
With more than a decade of experience keeping IT infrastructure and data secure, compliant and protected for healthcare systems, QTS claims to understand the need for a cloud solution tailored to meet healthcare entities’ complex compliance requirements. QTS HCC builds on QTS’ cloud and compliance expertise, allowing organizations to leverage the benefits of the cloud such as improving agility, optimizing operations and resources to reduce capital expenditures, and protecting electronic patient health information (ePHI).
The IaaS cloud platform is designed to meet healthcare security and compliance requirements including HIPAA/HITECH, and includes important security features including two factor authentication, data encryption at rest, and dedicated compute and storage resources. QTS HCC would also enable secure healthcare hybrid cloud deployments, making it safe for organizations to move workloads between clouds and manage information flows between applications that share ePHI.
“Healthcare services delivery – and the protection of patient privacy and data security mandates – continues to evolve, and our healthcare customers trust QTS to deliver solutions that help them to efficiently meet these growing demands while managing risk and controlling costs,” said Dan Bennewitz, Chief Operating Officer (COO), Sales and Marketing, QTS. “QTS Healthcare Community Cloud leverages our industry-leading cloud, security and compliance expertise to provide a scalable self-service solution for healthcare providers.”
Technological advances, health-system consolidation and increased government mandates such as meeting HIPAA/HITECH compliance standards and Meaningful Use requirements are driving healthcare to transition to more agile cloud platforms. While adoption of cloud-based services has been slower in the healthcare industry due primarily to security concerns, IDC Health Insights predicts that 80 percent of healthcare data will pass through the cloud at some point in its lifetime by 2020.
QTS HCC is built on best-of-breed technologies including VMware, Cisco and EMC. By integrating easily with private VMware environments, QTS HCC would simplify end-to-end cloud resource provisioning, delivery and management for hybrid cloud solutions.