According to the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), cloud computing “is a model for enableing ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management or service provider interaction.” There are three main service models of cloud computing, Infrastructure as a service (IaaS), Platform as a service (PaaS), and Software as a service (SaaS). You can learn more about the definition and service models here.
Cloud Computing and Health IT
In the public health world, cloud computing is coming into focus with regard to electronic health records, health IT, and Meaningful Use requirements. An increasingly more common phrase, yet still somewhat unknown, cloud computing has been raising many questions involving security, privacy, reliability, and cost. The collection of resources below is intended to help answer some of these questions.