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CIOs embrace the value of cloud computing in healthcare
This article is part of the Pulse issue of May 2017, Vol. 5, No. 3
Healthcare has finally abandoned fear of the cloud and now realizes the value of cloud computing. "People are actually embracing [the cloud] in healthcare," said Ed McCallister, senior vice president and CIO at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). "Now is the time [for cloud computing]. ... I've been in healthcare pretty much my entire career, and this is absolutely the most transformative time." In the past, health IT professionals worried about the security of the cloud, but over the years, the stability of major cloud platforms has eased those concerns. Instead, healthcare organizations see the value of cloud computing choices, such as how cost-effective the cloud is and its role in value-based care, population health and patient engagement. Of the three well-known cloud computing options -- public, private and hybrid (see "Three different cloud options") -- hybrid cloud has gained favor among some hospital CIOs. Healthcare leans toward hybrid "A lot of us ... use a hybrid approach," said Karen Clark, CIO at ...
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