Cloud computing in healthcare has long been viewed with skepticism, with providers especially cautious of entrusting protected health information (PHI) to outside entities. But with several other industries moving to the cloud, many in healthcare started to come around to the idea that, just maybe, this technology could benefit them as well. The fact that cloud service providers can often afford to make larger investments in critical areas like security served to sweeten the pot.
Despite the initial wariness toward cloud computing in healthcare, many CIOs and other decision-makers are dipping a toe into the water by moving non-critical systems to the cloud. There is still much potential to be discovered, with one of the most promising use cases as a possible solution to the lack of nationwide interoperability. However, healthcare organizations should be sure to evaluate their needs before moving partially or fully into the cloud.
1Healthcare cloud architecture -
EHRs and other cloud installations
Cloud-based EHRs are gaining popularity as a potential answer to the problem of interoperability. CIOs are also recognizing the cloud as a way to achieve value-based care.
Health IT experts believe cloud-based EHRs can help overcome interoperability woes by lowering costs and encouraging a connected ecosystem between cloud environments. Continue Reading
SearchHealthIT news writer Kristen Lee visited Practice Fusion's San Francisco office to learn more about the cloud EHR vendor and its unique company culture. Continue Reading
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Challenges and benefits of healthcare cloud security
Healthcare organizations have been notoriously wary of the cloud, especially when it comes to trusting an outside vendor with patient data. Fortunately, cloud providers have been able to change this mindset with security improvements and tools that rival that of on-premises systems.
Cloud service providers that work with healthcare organizations undergo stringent testing for compliance and can offer advanced monitoring tools that can better secure health data. Continue Reading
The CIOs of three healthcare organizations share why they believe the cloud is just as secure as on-premises systems. Continue Reading
End users expect to be able to use cloud-based healthcare apps, but IT must be sure to address app policies and security concerns immediately. Continue Reading
With the ever-increasing risk of cyberattacks and data breaches, healthcare organizations can use cloud-based tools to monitor networks around the clock. Continue Reading
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Where will cloud computing in healthcare go next?
Those in healthcare and health IT may be wondering what potential uses for the cloud are on the horizon. Medical imaging can benefit from the cloud as a storage medium, while AI and machine learning are luring healthcare providers away from traditional EHR vendors.
A hybrid cloud model can make it easier and more cost-efficient to store medical images, while offering greater data protection through backup and recovery services. Continue Reading
Mobile devices that are constantly connected to the cloud are nearly ubiquitous in healthcare, with no signs of slowing down. Continue Reading
Some healthcare providers are using a hybrid model to store medical imaging data, with the market projected to grow by more than 20% by 2021. Continue Reading