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Hospital CIOs see benefits of healthcare cloud computing
In healthcare, some illnesses can be cured quickly; some can't. But before applying a proper antidote, several factors need to be considered about the patient in question. The same can be said when hospital CIOs and IT pros work to formulate a strategy for moving their computing processes to the cloud, sometimes by choice and sometimes out of necessity. Critical issues need to be weighed, such as security of patient records, the cost to vacate the premises, how much information really needs to be stored in the cloud and actual savings to hospitals as a result of the move.
Our cover story examines these issues through the eyes of hospital CIOs, who see healthcare cloud computing delivering noticeable improvements in security, patient care and cost savings. They're learning to embrace the benefits of moving in part or whole to the cloud as they choose from among the various private, public and hybrid options.
In another feature, we look at the prevalence of mobile devices throughout the hospital community. They can cause migraines for CIOs and IT departments trying to maintain security with healthcare cloud computing safeguards. That's not to mention the inherent resistance IT departments can encounter from doctors, nurses and other hospital staff who share patient healthcare information over their personal smartphones and tablets.
Also in this issue, we look at some steps hospitals will need to take, including revamping IT teams, to gain full advantage of the cloud's benefits. Sometimes baby steps can go a lot farther than giant steps.
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The cloud is crucial to many initiatives in healthcare, including value-based care, big data and patient engagement. CIOs recognize the importance of cloud computing and embrace it.
Healthcare traditionally has been wary of cloud services, but improvements in security and more efficient mobile device management may help boost cloud adoption.
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As long-standing worries dissipate, hospitals more frequently approach cloud computing with greater confidence. Cost and scalability benefits have proved to be strong motivators.
While the cloud is gaining traction in healthcare, some hospital executives are hesitant to adopt cloud services due to concerns about data security and HIPAA compliance.