The Affordable Care Act calls for electronic health records in all U.S. healthcare organizations. To meet these new regulations, many facilities are currently exploring the cloud to serve as the technological baseline for these systems.

However, the adoption rates among these organizations are lackluster, stated Eliot Muir of iNTERFACEWARE in recent report for ZD Net. Currently, healthcare providers are faced with several hurdles impeding platform implementation.

"While this slow adoption is partially due to concerns about safeguarding confidential patient information and compliance with key regulations such as HIPAA, many healthcare IT departments are simply burdened with outdated legacy systems and feel overwhelmed with the prospect of supporting yet another standard or protocol," wrote Muir.

However, these obstacles are not the death knell for the cloud in the healthcare IT sector, as Muir stated the benefits of the platform for these organizations, such as enterprise flexibility and reduced technology expenses, are still driving many companies to virtualized computing.

As with any industry, the use of cloud computing may create new regulatory considerations among healthcare providers, especially when it comes to viewing patient files. The current debate is over the privacy of EHRs, as medical records that were once viewed by doctors and patients only are now transferred through a third-party provider.