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.

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 has expertise in the healthcare technology industry and has been a contributor to the Hyland blog.
Ken Congdon

Ken Congdon

Ken Congdon has expertise in the healthcare technology industry and has been a contributor to the Hyland blog.

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