Cloud technology is something that is talked about often these days. This virtual storage technology facilitates easier access, retention and sharing of data. In the past few years, the cloud technology has found wide adoption across the healthcare domain, worldwide. Healthcare professionals have realized the potential of cloud computing and how it can help them provide quality services to their patients. The cloud technology has accelerated the way healthcare providers – doctors, clinics and hospitals can use or share information across a network.
Putting the Healthcare Cloud to Use
One of the most critical aspects of medical care is on time availability of relevant information to the respective healthcare stakeholders, to ensure correct diagnosis. While a delay in getting the relevant information or availability of partial information can lead to delays in treatment and/or incorrect diagnosis, resulting in a decline of care quality.
Healthcare Cloud technology facilitates easy storage and remote access to healthcare data to professionals, enabling them to deliver better care to patients without any delay. Multiple care providers can coordinate efforts and remotely track all the healthcare information with ease, when uploaded to a cloud platform, saving overall travelling time and costs for physicians.
With a cloud, data can also be analyzed carefully and meaningful insights can be derived. These insights can help the care providers to make a data-driven decision, thereby reducing the possibilities of errors during treatment and improving the overall quality of care.
Nothing New but Enhanced
While the basic premise of the healthcare cloud is not new, the idea of real-time access to data is. Electronic Health Records have been in effect for quite some time. Their adoption has been a great improvement over paper records, due to the ease of sharing. However, the maximum benefits of electronic records cannot be tapped without the adoption of cloud technology. The cloud simply takes things up a step, by making health records more accessible and usable to the healthcare stakeholders.
Also, when compared to on premise data storage solutions, cloud makes it possible to securely hold huge volumes of data at lower cost. The only responsibility of healthcare providers is to define the security responsibilities.
The Bottom Line
The wide adopting of cloud technology across healthcare domain has delivered exciting capabilities for healthcare organizations, enabling them to make effective, data-driven decisions, leading to improved patient care and decreased healthcare costs in today’s value-based care environment.