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FCW : July 15, 2015
It’s no coincidence that so many healthcare organizations are turning to the cloud to host their applications, processes and workloads. Spurred by the need to increase patient and provider access, improve agility, cut costs, and improve collaboration and end-user services, both commercial and federal healthcare organizations have embraced cloud computing in a big way. According to a recent report from market research firm HIMSS Analytics, 83 percent of healthcare provider organizations are using cloud services in some manner today, and more plan to adopt it in the future. Cloud adoption in healthcare spans far beyond the realm of IT into access and storage of patient records, financial and HR information, and clinical applications and data. A staggering two-thirds of hospitals today are running electronic medical record (EMR) applications in the cloud, according to a 2014 Meritalk report. While migrating applications and workloads to the cloud benefits healthcare organizations in many ways, there are many variables that healthcare organizations must consider before making a move to the cloud. If an organization doesn’t fully understand which existing applications are good candidates for the cloud and which aren’t, for example, the result can be unnecessary expense and stress to the organization. It is also crucial to know which cloud environments can support the organization’s security and compliance requirements, and which are the most cost-effective. Commercial healthcare organizations, for example, are growing through mergers and acquisitions. By understanding each organization’s EMR system, a knowledgeable advisor can recommend a cloud-based service that will integrate the two systems without incurring the expense or complexity of converting and migrating one system to the other. For government healthcare organizations, consulting with a cloud expert can help ensure that the cloud service ultimately chosen meets all security and government requirements concerning data and delivery. In general, the cloud model has proven extremely cost-effective; a CDW survey found that 88 percent of healthcare organizations using the cloud have reduced IT costs by an average of 20 percent annually. With the right guidance, however, there are ways to ensure maximum cost savings. For example, government agencies typically use a multi-year procurement model for IT infrastructure. If a government healthcare organization wants to buy a storage area network to house medical records, the purchase is a four- or five- year asset. That means it’s easy to buy too much or too little capacity. Storage in the cloud, however, is scalable, so the agency will always have enough storage, and can easily control costs. Toward patient-centered healthcare Too often, healthcare facilities must rely on the technology and resources that are physically available to them to treat their patients. Sometimes that can mean that patients’ specific issues, preferences or concerns can’t be fully addressed. By incorporating cloud technology, clinicians and patients can access the specific diagnostic tools and healthcare expertise they need, wherever they need it, whenever they need it. Telemedicine is a prime example of this. Small healthcare facilities without access to required specialists, for example, may turn to telepsychiatry, teledermatology or other remote specialty consultations with patients. A patient could snap a photo of a skin rash on his mobile phone and send it to a dermatologist for an immediate diagnosis. Doctors can remotely evaluate images like MRIs and CT scans for more effective diagnoses. By incorporating cloud and video technologies, this method of diagnosis and treatment improves patient care and lets healthcare facilities operate with less equipment and staff onsite. The same is true for homebound patients, who can securely connect with medical staff for onsite treatment—not only for specialized conditions, but for routine medical appointments or check-ins. Telemonitoring is another area where the cloud is a critical enabler. Using cloud-based solutions, patients can be sure that their blood pressure, vital signs, glucose levels, cardiac rhythm and more are within acceptable levels. Wearable devices are another up-and- coming area where the cloud will enable better monitoring. For example, in the not-so -distant future a patient wearing a fitness activity tracker will be able to relay that data to her doctor, who will monitor it to ensure that the patient is BEST PRACTICES: HEALTH IT IN THE CLOUD Healthcare Turns to the Cloud in general, the cloud model has proven extremely cost-effective.
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