Cloud Computing in Healthcare
Cloud computing in healthcare has seen tremendous growth in the last few years due to its security and convenience related to healthcare compliance.
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While cloud computing’s seeming complexity may turn employers off, its implementation is incredibly advantageous for healthcare companies today. First, let’s discuss how healthcare clients are using cloud computing to advance their internal processes.
How to Use Cloud Computing in Healthcare
The two most prominent cloud applications used by healthcare professionals are email and EMRs, or electronic medical records.
Transferring your email efforts to a cloud means you will no longer need to worry about server maintenance. If you have in-house tech employees, this rids them of uselessly tweaking email issues and frees up their valuable time. In turn, transferring email to a cloud saves your employees time and saves the company money. Additionally, it’s easier to recover lost email data with a cloud. If your network is compromised without a cloud, each ounce of data is at risk. These problems don’t matter with a cloud since all of your files are stored in one place. You also gain access to your files from anywhere at all. If your computer crashes or you forgot your laptop at work, you may still access these files on a separate device.
The second biggest use for cloud computing is storing electronic medical records. Like email, these records may be accessed from anywhere, making it quicker and easier for doctors to pull up patient information. Even if your building’s equipment is compromised, doctors can still access EMRs since they are not stored online but rather in the cloud.
Here are other pieces of data that healthcare IT departments store in their cloud:
- De-identified EHRs
- Info from general business apps
- Medical images
- Patient registries
- Genomics data
- Physician notes
- Electronic health records
- PII related to patient billing, scheduling, registrations
- Internal confidential info like board meeting minutes
- Personalized staff information
4 Major Benefits of Transferring to a Cloud
Here are the four major benefits that healthcare companies will see after moving their practice to a cloud:
- Cost Reduction
- HIPAA Compliance
- Data Recovery
Scaling the Cloud
As with most businesses, healthcare needs vary. For example, the winter season is usually busy for healthcare clients since many people get sick with a cold or flu. With cloud scalability, businesses can add or remove resources they may need to equip their operations better. If a healthcare client needs more data storage, they may increase the storage available in the cloud. Whatever you need, cloud scaling allows you to add and remove the resources you need.
It’s as simple as this: Cloud computing saves you money.
The Manchester Business School, Vanson Bourne, and Rockspace surveyed 1,300 companies across the U.K. and the U.S. that had recently implemented cloud computing. The study shows 88% of cloud users reported a reduction in costs, while 56% agreed that cloud services helped boost their overall profits.
Moreover, 60% of participants said cloud computing reduced the need for their in-house IT to maintain the infrastructure, which allows IT employees to focus their time and energy on more valuable work.
With a cloud, remaining compliant with HIPAA is easier than ever despite the lengthy and ever-changing list of rules and regulations. Clouds offer automatic encryption and HIPAA compliance with secure data transmission.
As mentioned before, cloud computing allows you to store files safely and in one place. Meaning, you may access these files from any device in any part of the world. Should you run into problems with your computer or laptop, your files remain untouched and in perfect condition. Traditionally, medical offices store data onsite, which demands physical security and investing in business succession. With all of your data stored in a cloud, you can rest assured your data is secure and accessible for those who need it.