5 Advantages of Cloud Computing in Healthcare
In many cases specific information may be needed in two places, by different health services providers at the same time. Through cloud technologies, the information is synchronized and shared in real time. The user is not chained to one stationary computer. Data can be shared with other systems. The cloud also focuses on maximizing the effectiveness of the shared resources. Cloud resources are usually not only shared by multiple users but are also dynamically reallocated per demand. This can work for allocating resources to users. For example, a cloud computer facility that serves European users during European business hours with a specific application (e.g., email) may reallocate the same resources to serve Indian users during business hours with a different application (e.g., a web server). This approach should maximize the use of computing powers thus reducing environmental damage as well since less power, air conditioning, rackspace, etc. is required for a variety of functions. With cloud computing, multiple users can access a single server to retrieve and update their data without purchasing licenses for different applications.
2. The need to access increasing amounts of information:
The data churned out of the health industry is increasing at a phenomenal pace, what with various machines and trackers now transmitting data in real time apart from human structured data which itself is mounting. The importance of providing patient care with the correct records and information is widely understood. Moreover, information needs to be accessible at any time by anyone providing care. Cloud computing provides the flexibility of accessible data from a number of secure endpoints. From operating rooms, to examining rooms, to rehab facilities, information continuity is most effective when it’s accessible to the right people.
Cloud-based tools can upgrade and improve their features faster, are less expensively and with minimal or no service interruption. Plus, cloud services enables faster access to important information for health services providers and their patients. Conceptualizing, architecture and deploying IT solutions in a health care setting does not need to be a drawn-out process.
Solutions can be built quickly using cloud-based platforms that are already HIPAA compliant. For example, we have heard that a large post-acute care provider recently moved their time and tracking system to the mobile cloud. The entire project took less than nine months from concept to launch and continues to be delivered through iOS devices (iTouches, iPhones and iPads). Implementation time will vary depending on project size, but has proven itself to be extremely reasonable especially for the ROI it delivers.
Each mobile app is backed up by a cloud infrastructure. By storing data and computing power in the cloud, health care services providers enable their staff to have access to information anywhere and anytime.
Decreased costs. There is no need for the health care institution and doctors to invest in hardware infrastructure and maintenance because these concerns are already taken care of by the cloud computing providers.
· Users have unlimited access to the software using any device connected to the Internet;
- All users access the same version of the software;
- Health care data security are improved;
5. The need for secure adoption by health care professionals
Patients don’t need to worry that an executive or doctor is secretly accessing the network using his/her iPad or iPhone when there is no need for them to. Cloud-based applications have security at the application level — not the device level. In other words, there is no risk of patient information being accessed directly from the device. This level of security opens up health care IT departments to make better use of consumer-based hardware that they are already familiar with, such as an iPhone.
Overall cloud services can help healthcare industry become more responsive, efficient and are cheaper, dependable and faster to deploy and upgrade. There are concerns about privacy and security, but cloud apps and storage can be customized toi be HIPPA compliant and if one selects the right partners with right processes and checks, cloud computing will be a boon for healthcare industry.
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