The state of the cloud in healthcare


In comparison to other industries, companies in the healthcare sector often underutilize cloud technology, which can make them more nimble, secure and cost-effective. Infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals will agree that cloud computing not only transforms and modernizes a company’s approach, but it’s also the perfect solution to three common problems in the industry.

The reliance on paper records is burdensome.

While many healthcare organizations continue to rely on physical copies of medical records, digital copies hosted in the cloud can solve the myriad problems that the traditional model presents. One of the biggest problems related to the reliance on paper is that information is susceptible to destruction. If a fire devastates your building or a paper record is lost, they can’t be recovered easily.

In the cloud, your data will typically go through multiple back-ups on a number of servers, allowing you to retrieve information effortlessly. Additionally, you’re safeguarded against service disruption if you select a provider who distributes your digital assets among numerous data centers, ensuring events that impact one part of the globe won’t affect your company.

Pacific Heights Plastic Surgery uses cloud-based tools to document critical information related to patient procedures. With drop-down menus instead of a pen and paper, they’re able to record information faster, leading to a better and less time-consuming patient evaluation.

Digital information isn’t portable.

Moving from paper medical records to digitized information doesn’t always help, as this new format isn’t always transferable or easy to share with other healthcare professionals. With the ability to manage documents from a variety of devices and easily share content, the cloud ensures that information can be disseminated in a quick and convenient manner. In shifting to the cloud, not only can you solve the problem of portability, but you can also free up valuable resources because the provider is responsible for maintenance, upgrades and staffing.

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