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Cloud Computing in Healthcare

Cloud based backupCloud-based computing in healthcare has seen extensive growth in recent years due, in large part, to its flexibility in providing easy access to important data. No longer are healthcare professionals required to spend long hours at the office waiting for important documents or return to the office after hours for a record or file. Time is often critical and the cloud can simplify portability for most healthcare workers. It also offers easier collaboration as well as innovation, security, and efficiency, often at a lower cost than traditional servers hosted on-site.     


Collaboration and Empowerment

Patient records and emails have been readily available through the cloud for a few years, but it is now being used for physicians and patients to collaborate about care in real time. In many areas of medicine, records can be compared much more quickly for the benefit of patients who may be waiting anxiously for results. In addition, patients themselves are now empowered, more than ever before, to manage their own healthcare in efficient and meaningful ways. Diabetic patients can manage their glucose levels through the cloud on their desktops, smartphones, or laptops, and easily share that information with their physician who can then recommend any changes if necessary.


Innovation

With cloud technology, healthcare experts are no longer hindered by trying to decipher huge amounts of complex data in different areas of research. As advancements in technology are made, so too are advancements in life saving medicine. Recently, cloud-based platforms have allowed doctors and researchers the ability to conduct groundbreaking, complicated analysis in areas such as genomics, oncology, and neurology. 


Digital Health DocumentsSecurity

While the cloud provides healthcare professionals access to data anytime and anywhere with more flexibility and speed, a secure connection is paramount to thwart unwanted attacks. This is possible through highly encrypted software and ensuring that software is always up-to-date. Encryption must be HIPAA compliant, so it’s important that the guideline provided by The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) be referenced frequently to ensure HIPAA guidelines are being met. This guide can be found at:  

http://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/breach-notification/guidance/index.html

Used regularly, the guide will help healthcare organizations avoid breaches to their cloud based systems.     


Cost and Efficiency

Without the maintenance of expensive servers, and the need for software and hardware upgrades onsite, a smaller business can perform much like a larger organization, but without the added cost. Changes in the healthcare industry are occurring constantly and must be implemented rapidly. Cloud computing allows adjustments to be made quickly depending on the needs of the organization with little or no downtime. After adjustments are made, training can also be conducted through the cloud making it less cumbersome and time consuming for the end user.


Many factors may influence a healthcare organization’s need for technology and cloud computing may not always be the best choice for all. However, a good HIPAA knowledgeable company like Data-Fast Solutions can offer an onsite assessment to provide you with the best solutions to meet your needs.  

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