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Singapore offers guidance on cloud use for the private healthcare sector

Nurdianah Md Nur | May 6, 2016
The cloud security standard by MOH and IDA will provide transparency of CSPs via certification to healthcare organisations in the republic.

The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and Ministry of Health (MOH) recently mapped cloud security standards for the private healthcare sector.

This Multi-Tier Cloud Security (MTCS) Singapore Standard aims to bring clarity to the private healthcare sector on how cloud computing can be used and applied for their enterprises, as well as trust through transparency of cloud service providers (CSPs) via certification.

The mapping guidelines show that the base tier of the MTCS, Level 1, could be used to host publicly available information such as clinical standards and terminology systems. Meanwhile, the most stringent tier, Level 3, could be used to host clinical administrative support systems such as billing and admissions data.

"Singapore must continue to lay the foundations for innovative solutions to thrive and grow in a Smart Nation, and this means bringing clarity to industry sectors to aid in their adoption. We are encouraged that the healthcare sector can now look to adopting the cloud with the clarity which our Multi-Tier Cloud Security Standard brings," said IDA Assistant Chief Executive Khoong Hock Yun.

Besides the MTCS, IDA recently called for feedback on the possibility of a data certification framework. The agency has been driving clarity in the data landscape through various guidelines and standards, and is looking into the potential for an expanded framework to further drive adoption and use of private datasets through clarity. One such potential use case could be in exploring how a "common tongue" could be achieved between dataset owners and potential buyers to better gauge datasets.

 

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