Managed cloud provider ClearDATA has unveiled the first fully-managed Containers-as-a-Service (CaaS) solution to help health IT and DevOps teams quickly and securely deploy individual applications in a HIPAA-compliant cloud.
The ongoing security maintenance of applications, whether in testing or production mode, is a frequent burden to healthcare organizations and digital health companies, especially when protected health information is at stake. To assist these companies, ClearDATA, an AWS Healthcare Competency and Public Sector Partner, works with Amazon ECS to provide a secure container management resource that offers an isolated, HIPAA-compliant environment for building, testing and running individual applications.
“Containers offer developers and IT administrators the ability to focus on writing code and accelerating their healthcare business—not maintaining a secure, perfectly consistent infrastructure across environments,” said Darin Brannan, CEO, ClearDATA. “This innovative offering affirms our leadership in healthcare security, compliance and managed services, while our collaboration with AWS enables healthcare organizations to quickly deploy services and apps in a healthcare-fortified AWS environment.”
Brannan added, “We have effectively eliminated a major barrier to healthcare innovation.”
How “Docker” Containers Work
Imagine the following scenario: You are a software developer for a healthcare technology company and you have been working diligently on your company’s next software release. Things are finally taking shape, and it’s time to migrate from your test environment to production. After the release is deployed, you notice that your software in the production environment is working incorrectly. Why did this happen?
Often, this incident can be triggered by conflicting software and/or security configurations across environments. Docker Containers solve this problem by creating an entire runtime environment (code, runtime, system tools, system libraries) in one binary artifact, so the differences between environments are negligible. This guarantees that software runs consistently, regardless of the environment in which it is deployed —creating the agility, speed and security healthcare companies are searching for.