While the use of the cloud has been fast gaining popularity amongst individuals and companies, the healthcare industry is not far behind in the use of cloud computing. The industry sees a huge potential for improving and providing quality care to patients by migrating to cloud computing.
An obvious question that would come to mind is how can the healthcare industry benefit from the cloud buzz? Just think of the fact of the amount of data each department in a hospital generates, most of which are handwritten.
With an overwhelming, amount of data in hand the initial migration to cloud computing would be challenging but once moved can revolutionise the way the healthcare industry operates. It can be a highly cost-effective option, provide data security, enable analysis of large amounts of data, improve patient engagement and provide value-based care to them.
Advantages of Cloud Computing in Healthcare
Although the initial movement of data to the cloud can be a herculean task however once all the systems are set up and networked the cloud allows the doctors as well as patients to access medical related data whenever required from wherever they are.
Better Patient Care:
Since cloud computing allows medical centres and hospitals to access data from multiple sources, it makes the collaboration of data easier. The data can help the doctors in providing better care to their patients as cloud computing can provide access to similar cases and allow the team of doctors from anywhere across the globe to work together.
Also since all the data is available in real-time a patient’s condition can be updated in, real-time and accessed by the team of doctors almost instantly. This, in turn, can provide faster and efficient diagnosis and treatment of patients.
Although most of the medical records are computed electronically, however the hand-written records in still in practice. With the volume of data, hospitals deal with it is equally important for them to ensure that all patient records and other data are safe. Loss of data can lead to an equally bigger loss for hospitals and clinics. Disasters can strike anytime which is often beyond our control. Knowing that confidential hospital data is secure and can be accessed even after years in case of an on-premises data loss adds peace of mind. Apart from enabling faster data transfer and collaboration of data within and between hospitals and healthcare providers cloud computing provides a secure environment for data management.
One of the bigger benefits of using cloud computing in the healthcare industry is its cost-effectiveness. With hospital relying on vast amounts of data day-to-day the cost of managing this data increases as the hospitals need to maintain a team to ensure that all the data is properly managed and backed up. Creating an in-house system for data management is a costly affair. Use of the cloud and cloud computing reduces this cost as the cloud service providers maintain and update the software and hardware required for their servers. With the data off-site, the hospital resources dedicated to IT use can be utilized in providing better care for their patients and research.