Healthcare providers can do more in the cloud

The healthcare industry has long been branded as a ‘laggard’ when it comes to its technology maturity. This is particularly true when it comes to cloud adoption.

Healthcare providers have historically been hesitant to move to the cloud due to fears about giving up control of their data and putting patient privacy at risk. However, the hesitancy that used to surround cloud adoption in healthcare is now being replaced by the realization of its ultimate inevitability. This shift in mindset largely has to do with data overload.

The compounded growth of EMR data and medical images and video combined with the emergence of genomic data and information from the Internet of Things (IoT) has outgrown the capabilities of most on-premises healthcare data centers. The ability to not only store this information, but ensure it is properly encrypted and fully redundant requires an infrastructure that, for most, is only realistically available in the cloud.

Add to that the computing power necessary to take advantage of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine-learning initiatives and you have a market ripe for cloud adoption.

Healthcare’s move to the cloud is validated by research from some of the industry’s most prominent analysts and associations. For example, a majority of hospitals (65 percent) currently use the cloud or cloud services, according to a recent study by HIMSS Analytics. Furthermore, 37 percent of survey respondents stated disaster recovery concerns as the primary reason for moving to the cloud, making it the number one driver by far.

The cloud is a strategic imperative for Rush University System for Health

Rush University System for Health is one provider that is embracing the cloud throughout its enterprise. This renowned health system serving Chicago and its surrounding suburbs sees the cloud as a key part of its ongoing IT strategy.

The provider recently embarked on a cloud-based enterprise imaging strategy where patient medical images will be stored in the cloud and integrated with the provider’s Epic EMR. This approach not only helps streamline clinical access to all patient images from a single location, it also helps support Rush’s disaster recovery and security objectives while positioning the provider to quickly capitalize on data analytics, AI and machine learning opportunities.

We’re not just adding a bunch of images to the cloud.

We’re adding analytics. We’re adding intelligence.

Most importantly, we’re adding actionable insight.

“We’re not just adding a bunch of images to the cloud,” says Dr. Shafiq Rab, senior vice president and chief information officer at Rush University System for Health. “We’re adding analytics to it. We’re adding intelligence to it. Most importantly, we’re adding actionable insight to it. We want to provide a foundation for full image rendering to support things like AI and ML. Delivering this type of computing power with 256-bit encryption is not in our data center. It’s only available in the cloud.”

Cloud and web-based applications improve user experience

While data drivers are necessitating a move to the cloud, it’s also an optimal move to ensure our evolution as an industry. For example, technology infrastructures based on modern, cloud-based architectural styles – such as REST (Representational State Transfer) and APIs (Application Programming Interface) – help ensure speed of implementation and deployment and are purpose-built for mobile environments.

By moving to the cloud, the healthcare industry is that much closer to providing a user experience that is more similar to the web-based environments that consumers enjoy in other industries.

Hyland Healthcare understands the importance of the cloud to the future of our industry. We offer a full suite of content services and enterprise imaging solutions designed to help meet you wherever your organization is in this evolution – whether that be an on-premises, hybrid cloud or full software as a Service (SaaS) cloud deployment.

We’re continually modernizing our platform to keep pace with the latest cloud developments and technology standards – empowering your organization to do more.

Ken Congdon

Ken Congdon

Ken Congdon is the team lead of solution marketing at Hyland. His mission is to develop engaging content that educates healthcare providers and payers about potential solutions to their most... read more about: Ken Congdon

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