The collection, analysis and sharing of large amounts of information, such as genetic data, is an important part of the implementation and management of personalized medicine. Many health care providers are moving applications and other IT infrastructure components into “the cloud” to share and manage this information. However, the use of cloud computing is not without legal risks associated with hosting and accessing clinical data in the cloud computing environment.

A white paper authored by Foley & Lardner LLP, titled “Cloud Computing for Health Care Organizations — A Practical Framework for Managing Risks” [attached here] provides essential legal and practical advice about cloud computing and its increasing use in the health care industry. It explores in depth the primary legal risks associated with hosting and accessing clinical data in the cloud computing environment, including the knotty privacy and security issues associated with the use of cloud technology. Also included in the white paper is a comprehensive discussion of cloud computing contracting issues, strategies for successfully negotiating cloud agreements, and sample contract provisions for “best practice” solutions.

For more information about health care cloud computing, Foley & Lardner is hosting a Web conference on Health Care Data in the Cloud: Strategies for Contracting With Cloud Providers. The Web conference will be conducted on January 16, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. Register for the event here.