Use of cloud services has taken off across countless industries. Adoption of cloud computing in healthcare has taken place a little more tentatively, as providers sort out how they can benefit from cloud offerings and how much of their operations they can afford to transfer to the cloud. EHRs, analytics and imaging systems are a few areas in which healthcare providers have found success with cloud deployments.
The flexibility of cloud hosting is one of its upsides, while initial conversion costs and the security of the system and the data it hosts are two major concerns that have some organizations dubious of the sustainability of cloud computing in healthcare. Care providers aren’t alone in looking for ways to implement cloud hosting services. Some cloud providers are adjusting their products to fit healthcare needs. Also, an established EHR titan made news by announcing the construction of a cloud data center. These developments are only part of the ongoing maturation of cloud in healthcare.
1Healthcare cloud architecture
EHRs and other cloud installations
The cloud EHR market is in transition, as indicated by two recent moves by competing vendors. One decided to enter the healthcare cloud business after years of resistance, and a cloud veteran is making its first jump into the hospital market. Imaging data is also being hosted in the cloud, though the initial costs of transferring stored data into a new system has prevented some providers from making a change.
Cloud-based EHR vendor, athenahealth, Inc., bought another company as it ventures into the small hospital market. Continue Reading
EHR vendors operating in the cloud now have market leader Epic to compete with, after the company announced it’s planning a cloud data center. Continue Reading
EHRs aren’t the only patient records now stored in cloud-based systems. A growing number of providers are angling for the cloud to aid them in hosting imaging data. Continue Reading
2Cloud in healthcare security
Security issues facing cloud in healthcare
Some healthcare facilities aren’t yet willing to trust outsiders to host and secure their data. This section explores why they feel that way and how products such as disaster recovery as a service are benefiting cloud providers in earning more business.
Healthcare providers with disaster recovery and business continuity in mind are finding cloud backups ease their worries. Continue Reading
Providers are undeniably shifting toward using the cloud in healthcare. The flexibility of choosing what parts of a cloud service they use, and have to pay for, are parts of its appeal. Continue Reading
Healthcare providers should make sure their data is secure before passing it to someone else for storage, a security expert recommends. Continue Reading
Providers thinking about moving part of their business to the cloud should have a disaster recovery plan in place and prepare for the HIPAA implications of such a move. Continue Reading
3Future of cloud in healthcare
How to prep before installing healthcare cloud services
Image sharing, analytics and virtual desktop infrastructures are a few services that could see their ties with cloud in healthcare strengthened in the coming years. Healthcare analysts have found working with cloud systems gives them access to more current data and allows them to return more meaningful insights to their organizations. As for image sharing, a director of diagnostic solutions marketing called the passage into cloud like moving from the Stone Age to modern day. Finally, find out how a chain of urgent care clinics used the cloud as a way to stop patients from seeking care at other facilities.
A rise in the number of applications of cloud in healthcare is inevitable. EHRs, digital images and clinical research are just the beginning of where the healthcare cloud is heading. Continue Reading
Nuance Communications, Inc.’s purchase of Accelarad gave Nuance’s customers a chance to upload and transfer medical images in the healthcare cloud. Continue Reading
Virtual desktop infrastructures that allow IT departments to control desktop virtualization and applications from a central location could make waves in healthcare. Continue Reading
A remote chain of urgent care clinics struggling with system uptime interference turned to a cloud services firm to subdue patients’ dissatisfaction. Continue Reading
Healthcare analysts are most effective when they’re looking at data that’s up to date. Find out how a cloud-based analytics approach may be the surest way to accomplish that. Continue Reading