The US Government and many corporations are implementing standards and systems for managing cloud computing. This is an effort to improve systems that currently manage the infrastructures of internal servers and workstations. Cloud computing will allow government agencies to concentrate on the improvement of their internal services, which would lead to increased service quality, reduction of duplicates and reduction of overall operational costs. The committee was discussing ways to increase readiness to face new cyber security threats, which calls for the necessity to begin implementing standards and systems into the cloud to identify the attacks and implement a response protocol to mitigate the impact to the enterprise, as well as the ability for users to connect to cloud based services regardless of whether they are in the private or public cloud.
The thought leadership committee also looked at the relationship between the IT manager of a company and the corporate executive. They believed that there may be an inherent conflict of interest for an IT manager to provide honest advice to a corporate executive, due to the fact that the IT manager may have access to the inner workings of the company’s infrastructure. Additionally, the IT manager might be able to convince the corporate executive that it is in the best interest of the company to implement standards and system in the private cloud environment. It is thought that this would lead to the silencing of those who raise concerns within the organization about the integrity of its internal IT infrastructure. Further, such behavior could lead to lawsuits against a company.
Several member organizations of the Association for Information Technology Management supported the development of the Common Criteria for Certification of Virtual Affordable Service (Categorize) and the Universal Common Criteria for Certification of Virtual Private Server (UCP) as a standard for evaluating cloud computing. The UCP was developed by a consortium of industry experts. One of the co-chairs of the consortium is former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad Al-Khalifa. The current co-chair is Deputy Premier Tracey Cook. Deputy Premier Tracey Cook has also served as the chief information officer of the Cabinet Office and previously served as the chief technology officer of the Department of Business and the Department of Economic and Social Development.
The deputy premier was asked to chair the UCP after a series of consultations with industry experts and others in the public sector including the Productivity Commission of Queensland and the Productivity Commission of New South Wales. At the time, the federal government announced that it would be introducing the UCP in the coming months, with the goal of providing a uniform certification system for cloud services. The deputy premier explained that the UCP will be aligned with the current VAMs, which are the Virtual Application Service Provider Model and the Virtualization appliance model. She stated that once the UCP becomes operational, all service providers will be required to apply the same set of quality criteria for certification. As such, the certification process will be uniform.
Prior to implementing standards and systems for antimicrobial resistance, it was recommended that a similar policy be implemented for other healthcare sectors such as the pharmacy, the hospital, the clinics and the primary health care facilities. According to Tracey Cook, the deputy premier, this policy for implementing standards and systems for the pharmaceutical industry will ensure uniformity in the use of clinical documentation and evidence when assessing the risks of using antimicrobial drugs for patients with chronic illness such as palliative care, AIDS and cancer. She stated that the policies and guidelines are not meant to replace the existing regulatory bodies and can only serve as a reference point. However, she emphasized that there is need for these practices to be implemented so that these risks can be better understood by the people involved in the clinical trials. She went on to state that the aim is to ensure transparency and credibility for all parties involved in clinical trials.
In the previous year, the FDA announced that it will be hosting a workshop to start the implementation of a uniform standard for air cargo industry data and clinical records. The workshop, called Importance of Pharmacy Safety Data Protection and Confidentiality Rule, will start on April 15 and will run until June 15. This workshop is being co-sponsored by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, the National Institute for Clinical Evidence, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the National Institute on Drug Safety and Health.
There are also many organizations involved in the implementation of standards for medical device and drug manufacture. These associations are known as governing bodies. These governing bodies work together to set industry standards. However, they also work to make sure that these standards are not imposed unnecessarily. For example, they often evaluate new technologies before they are introduced to the market.
With this new standard, the medical industry will have to change its way of doing business. This is because the changes that will take place with implementing standards and systems have both advantages and disadvantages. One of the major advantages is that the changes are very gradual. However, there are some concerns about the quality of the final products. Also, some people believe that the changes will affect medical research.