There is no question that the resources required to process, analyze, and manage petabytes of genomic information represent a huge burden for even the largest academic research facility or healthcare institution. That burden becomes even greater when one factors in the need to handle these data in compliance with an alphabet soup of regulatory regimes: HIPAA, CLIA, GCP, GLP, 21 CFR Part 11, and their counterparts outside the United States, including data privacy laws in jurisdictions such as the European community.

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Source: Cloud computing reduces HIPAA compliance risk in managing genomic data