As the IT industry moves more and more resources into the cloud, one of the fastest-growing segments of IT — healthcare — will likely take advantage of the rapidly scalable, metered capabilities that the cloud offers.
While all IT operations are concerned with security, healthcare has particular security requirements as governed by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH). Recent rulings have also extended medical security responsibilities beyond just the healthcare providers to those business partners who provide services to healthcare providers.
This means that if you're providing an IT service (say, office support or backup), you must also take careful measures to safeguard patient data, or risk the wrath of a regulatory investigation.
Intel recently hosted a very interesting workshop on healthcare analytics in the cloud. It's a long watch (and you may need to crank up the sound), but if you want a quick, deep briefing on the topic, you probably can't do better than this.