podangoWhile cloud computing is something that is appealing and seductive, what do you do when your provider may be facing going out of business?

It was announced the other day that Podango, a popular podcast hosting service, may be going out of business.  They sent out a rushed letter to their customers to warn them that this may be happening, and that they had until December 31st to back up their data or face losing it forever.

While this is not exactly a case of cloud computing, it is still close.  You are hosting your data on a third-party service, and counting on them to deliver to the places it needs to go.  As someone who does a weekly podcast for my personal blog, SeanPAune.com, I keep a copy of each episode on my hard drive even after I upload it to my host, Libsyn.  While this may seem somewhat like defeating the concept of a hosting service, I view it as a reverse of backing up your files to an off-site storage facility.

Whenever you can, you should always have important files in two locations, and this is just yet another example of such a rule.

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One Response so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Chy
    November 24th, 2014 at 5:51 pm #

    Even without the puilbc cloud we are already seeing examples of patients data being shared across different health care providers. In many if not most cases this is exactly what you want to have happen but patients aren’t yet aware that if one provider buys their EHR from another local hospital system that their entire medical record has just been shared with all of the providers (who have a need to know) in the system. An example in Seattle recently involved a young woman who went outside of her insurance plan and paid out of pocket for a confidential GYN procedure at a small community clinic. When she returned to her primary care provider she was asked about what she thought had been a confidential surgery. The community clinic however was part of Swedish medical center which sold their EHR to the Polyclinic so the records were shared. Was their informed consent? Perhaps but clearly the patient wasn’t aware that this would happen and felt vulnerable.

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