In recent times, there has been a shift in how the healthcare sector generate, store, consume and share data. This is mainly due to the advancement in technologies that have affected almost all sectors of the economy.
For an industry that has lagged behind in the area of digitisation, the healthcare sector is now advocating the move towards the adoption of the cloud to streamline processes, develop next-generation treatments, use of AI and robotics to improve patient health care, automate tasks and increase productivity whilst reducing overall costs.
Furthermore, it is vital to state that the adoption of the cloud in the healthcare sector, goes beyond just storing data off-premise, it also involves leveraging on this technology in optimising workflow, lowering operational costs, increasing efficiency and delivering personalised care.
How is cloud infrastructure transforming the healthcare sector?
Moving to the cloud offers two-fold benefits – the business and patients. For the business, the cloud has proven to be beneficial in cutting down on operational expenses and allowing them to deliver high quality and personalised care. At the same time, for the patient, cloud infrastructure ensures that they access high-quality, prompt and personalised services resulting in improved patient outcomes.
Here are five ways that cloud computing is impacting health care sector.
- Scalability: With large patient data available in the form of EMR, and healthcare apps and wearables, cloud adoption provides room for scalability and overhaul while keeping costs down.
- High Availability: Cloud platforms also ensure that patients’ data are readily available for distribution and gaining insight at any time. It allows healthcare providers to access patient data that are collated from a different source and give out a timely prescription. Besides, consultants and medical specialists can review cases and give their opinions despite their geographical limitations.
- Robust Security: The interconnected nature of delivering health care shows that when a cyberattack occurs at one end of the organisation it has a potential effect on all others. However, the cloud provides adequate security for all healthcare data. Although the cloud does not guarantee total protection against cyberattack, it does keep data organised, secured and can significantly mitigate these attacks.
- Simplified Management & Maintenance: Simplified data management and maintenance are strategic to healthcare operations, as large volumes of data are routinely collected in the healthcare sector. Cloud infrastructure makes it easy to collect, store and manage in a more efficient and timely manner. The application of cloud infrastructures in the healthcare sector is also known to improve the accessibility of these data for subsequent use, thereby improving the quality of service delivery in the healthcare sector.
- Cost-efficiency: Adopting the cloud in the healthcare sector makes hospitals and other healthcare providers free from purchasing and maintaining on-premise IT infrastructure which is outrightly expensive. They are no upfront charges associated with cloud solutions. Instead, you pay only for what you use and need (OPEX model) leading to massive cost-saving,
Finally, the benefits of cloud adoption in the healthcare sector are enormous. The Cloud does not only simplify the data management process, it increases security and scalability while ensuring that patient’s information is available for use at all times from almost any device.