As part of a shift away from traditional data centers, UC San Diego Health on Monday announced that it moved its electronic medical records system to the cloud to help meet industry standards designed to safeguard patients’ health information.

UC San Diego Health billed the move to an Epic-hosted cloud system as a significant milestone in its three-year plan to deploy cloud computing solutions – a way to remotely store and access data in a shared environment -- for all its data storage needs.

“By creating greater operational efficiencies, we can invest more time and resources in patient care,” said Mark Amey, associate chief information officer, UC San Diego Health, in a news release. “UC San Diego Health has deployed a number of strategies to allow its hospitals and clinics to be more agile and respond to demand at a rapid pace within a robust disaster recovery environment.”

The cloud computing system also created a more secure depository for records, as well as enabled timely cybersecurity updates and vendors to focus on application-specific security needs, the news release states.

The transition to the cloud environment entailed migrating 10,000 workstations and integrating 100 third-party applications that work with Epic, an electronic medical record vendor.