Laboratory Automation, Cloud Computing and Security

  • Automation and security

    Many medical device/hospitals/ pharmaceutical companies believe the cloud is less secure than traditional server-based systems. That’s not necessarily the case – but it all depends on the cloud services you choose. For best practice, cloud-based software needs to have appropriate security protocols and the exact APIs to facilitate integration and automation.

    As the medical device/hospitals/ pharmaceutical companies become more contented with the idea of cloud-based software and adoption increases, organizations also need to invest more time into selection of their technology partners to ensure they get the most secure solution. For example, a provider that has a track record in regulated and complaint environments is a form of guarantee. In fact, it implies that the technology stack has been tested multiple times. Organizations are also aware of the data security challenges around moving and transferring data, but more education on the options available to address these concerns, such as encryption, is needed.

    Security has never been more important. Especially now that cloud computing has distracted the concept of the server and users can log in and use the data from various servers and locations. This so-called “server-less computing model” sees the cloud provider dynamically managing the allocation of machine resources. It also bills users based on the amount of resources used rather than pre-purchased – with everything hidden from those in charge on managing the data in the back end, e.g. developers.

    Administrations / companies must research the technology vendors and the software available to see how they can improve operations by integrating innovative automation strategies without comprising security.

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