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Top 5 HIPAA-Compliant Cloud Storage

Best HIPAA-Compliant Cloud Storage - ScienceSoft

With 17-year experience in healthcare IT consulting and 10-year experience in cloud development and migration, ScienceSoft helps healthcare organizations choose a fitting HIPAA-compliant cloud.

HIPAA-Compliant Cloud: Security on All Stages

A HIPAA-compliant cloud storage provides a secure environment to store, process, analyze and share protected health information (PHI). Such clouds implement all the data security safeguards required by Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

Cloud computing

  • Semi-automated migration and hosting of legacy apps.
  • Platform for cloud-native healthcare applications.
  • Building advanced healthcare solutions with off-the-shelf services: AI, big data, IoT, blockchain, computer vision, etc.


  • Scalable isolated containers for healthcare apps.
  • Containers’ orchestration
  • Service mesh to connect microservices.

Data storage and management

  • EHR data storage in an encrypted database.
  • Storage of real-time patient monitoring data in the encrypted form.
  • Snapshot backup/recovery.

Data exchange

  • Encrypted healthcare data sharing.
  • FHIR-compliant APIs for secure data processing.

Health data analytics

  • Data warehouse with encrypted data storage and data backups
  • Big data analytics that supports in-transit encryption.

Data security

  • Identity and access management.
  • Network and application firewalls
  • Virtual private clouds
  • Native SIEM
  • Multi-factor authentication.
  • Creating and managing cryptographic keys.
  • Support of a hardware security module for generating and using customers’ cryptographic keys with at least FIPS 140-2 Level 3

5 Best HIPAA-Compliant Clouds

The overview below represents top 5 HIPAA-compliant cloud platforms that allow secure PHI storage, processing, analyzing, sharing, etc.


Best for: hybrid cloud & IoMT


Gartner rates Amazon Web Services (AWS) as a leader in the healthcare cloud computing market. 120+ HIPAA-eligible services, including those for cloud computing, app integration, PHI storage, IoMT device management, analytics, data sharing, etc. There’s also an AWS for Health offering with services tailored to healthcare organizations. For example, Amazon HealthLake enables storing, querying, and analyzing health data to create a chronological view of patient health data, make predictions about patient health, etc.


Depends on the number of users, data volume and functionality.

Microsoft Azure

Best for: edge computing & IoMT


According to Gartner, Microsoft Azure holds the second place in the cloud computing market. To comply with HIPAA regulations, Microsoft invests around $1bln per year in cybersecurity.

Microsoft Azure provides a variety of HIPAA-compliant services, including those for PHI storage, data management, machine learning, IoMT, etc.


Depends on the number of users, data volume and functionality.

Google Cloud Platform

Best for: highly variable load


In its Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure and Platform Services, Gartner puts Google in the third place.

Google offers its customers HIPAA-compliant services, including Google Drive, Cloud IoT Core, Cloud SQL, Cloud Storage, etc.


Depends on the number of users, data volume and functionality.

Oracle Cloud

Best for: lift & shift migration


According to Gartner’s Magic Quadrant, Oracle is a Niche Player.

Oracle provides such HIPAA-compliant services as compute, networking, load balancing, managing block storage volumes, PHI storage and a data leakage protection system.


Depends on the number of users, data volume and functionality.

IBM Cloud

Best for: the highest security


In Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure and Platform Services, IBM is ranked as a Niche Player. IBM claims to be the only cloud services provider that uses FIPS 140-2 Level 4 (encryption certification of the highest level) and KYOK (keep your own key) function with a dedicated hardware-security module (HSM).

IMB offers more than 40 cloud services that comply with HIPAA regulations, including Cloud Databases, Cloud App ID, Cloud Block Storage, Cloud File Storage, Cloud for VMware Solutions, and more.


Depends on the number of users, data volume and functionality.

Consulting on HIPAA-compliant cloud

  • Choosing the best HIPAA-compliant cloud provider.
  • Creating the pragmatic cloud migration strategy, or
  • Consulting on in-cloud HIPAA-compliant app development.
  • Drawing up a cloud optimization strategy.
Go for consulting

Implementation of HIPAA-compliant cloud solutions or cloud migration

  • Migration of legacy healthcare apps to the cloud, or
  • Cloud-native healthcare app development
  • Integrating a HIPAA-compliant cloud with internal and external systems.
  • Medical staff training.
  • Continuous cloud support if needed.
Go for implementation & migration

About ScienceSoft

ScienceSoft is an international IT consulting and IT services company headquartered in McKinney, TX, US with the team of 700 IT experts on board. Since 2012, we have been providing our customers with cloud consulting services, and since 2005 - healthcare IT consulting services. Being ISO 13485-certified, we design and develop medical software according to the requirements of the FDA and the Council of the European Union.