German Startup Protects Highly-Sensitive Patient Data in the IBM Cloud
Dec 17, 2014
EHNINGEN, Germany, Dec. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that the German startup Preveniomed has chosen IBM Cloud to securely store and process patient data and health records on pilots from around the world.
Aviation medicine is an especially sensitive area of occupational medicine because the safety of passengers depends directly on the health of pilots, aircrews and security personnel. To ensure safety, pilots applying for a license are required by government regulations to take and pass a health exam before they can fly an airplane, helicopter or airship. As part of the checkup, sensitive data is collected, stored and closely tracked by the doctors to ensure that pilots are in optimal health, regardless of whether it is for professional or amateur flight.
Preveniomed offers services and advice for aviation medicine and has doctors on staff who examine patients for fitness to fly. The startup recently decided to store its patient's encrypted data and launch its mission critical patient-data monitoring applications on cloud infrastructure from SoftLayer, an IBM company to take advantage of the security and always-on availability. By integrating its patent data with web-based applications hosted on the IBM Cloud, doctors at Preveniomed are able to reliably access it from anywhere knowing that it is secure.
Preveniomed worked with IBM business partner eperi to migrate to the IBM Cloud. eperi, which offers a Gateway for Databases application that is available in the IBM Cloud marketplace – encrypted all of Preveniomed's patients' data to comply with all of the requirements of the German Medical Council (BAK) and the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KBV).
"We opted for IBM and eperi as our IT partners because it allows us to protect our patients' data from outages with cloud infrastructure that is always available and accessible from anywhere," said Dr. Andreas Adrian, physician and founder of Preveniomed. "Being in the very sensitive healthcare business, one of the compelling reasons for the SoftLayer solution was the data protection we achieved by using the eperi encryption technology."
By deploying its IT environment on the IBM Cloud, Preveniomed is able to concentrate on its core tasks in aviation medicine and consulting while IBM manages its IT infrastructure, enabling it to seamlessly protect data and scale with confidence. The global reach of SoftLayer's cloud platform is also important for Preveniomed as the company plans to expand to offer services across Europe and the US.
"SoftLayer's cloud infrastructure is secure, reliable and can easily be deployed to accommodate any workload – all key features for a growing startup like Preveniomed that deals with highly sensitive data like patent records," said Rainer Strohm, Direktor Cloud Services SoftLayer Germany, Austria and Switzerland with IBM. "Leveraging SoftLayer's cloud infrastructure will help Preveniomed grow faster and with greater efficiency to enable the company to treat more patients around the world."
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