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Nov 20 2011   9:33PM GMT

Values of adopting cloud based services for healthcare organizations

Posted by: RedaChouffani
cloud, cloud computing, IaaS, Infrastructure as a service, Virtualization, Virtualization and cloud computing

In the past year, it has been hard not to notice the significant growth of the healthcare industry. Technology adoption is on the rise, and providers are investing in new, updated facilities, ones that have innovative technological capabilities and advancements built right in. And as these groups continue to grow in scale and scope, so does their computing and storage needs.

The growth in infrastructure has also pushed for growth in IT staff as well. However, as we look ahead, we are seeing several trends pointing to a shift from local, in-house hardware and software to cloud-based, or even infrastructure as a service (IaaS).

IaaS is the model in which a health care organization can partner with a vendor that provides IT services virtually, via the cloud.These services offer the ability for a health care organization to host all of its applications for a reoccurring fee.In this model, organizations are somewhat are “leasing” the hardware.Prices for these services are continuing to drop due to the increasing competition and declining cost of hardware, and this provides a great opportunity for many to jump in and adopt health care technology, fully or partially, via the cloud services.

Some of the advantages of IaaS, which adds the support layer to the hardware piece, is cost efficiency, scalable as well as flexible.It is allowing the organization to implement a strategy for IT that will focus on the core business and ensuring compliance instead of the day-to-day hardware headaches.

CIOs have the ability through partnerships with IaaS vendors that will combines services (support) and cloud based computing capabilities (business application hosting, databases, emails, files, content management etc..).Several of the advantages can be summarized as:

·Scalability of the infrastructure

·Less upfront costs associated with equipment

·Reduction and control of operating costs

·CIO andIT executivescan focus on aligning technology with core objectives

·Shared risks with partner

There are many changes happening in technology that will affect CIOs and health organizations in general. CIO’s are tasks with ensuring that their tactical and strategic plans are providing values such as: improving patient, reducing costs and increasing efficiency.

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