By Shaun Murphy
The cloud is the new normal for enterprise apps, with 70% of all organizations having at least one app in the cloud today according to IDG’s Enterprise Cloud Computing Survey, 2016. Telehealth, big data management in research and patient management systems at doctors offices are all driving explosive adoption of cloud services in the healthcare industry in particular. The market research group, MarketsandMarkets, said the health care industry spent $3.73 billion on cloud services in 2015 and predicts that number to grow to almost $9.5 billion by 2020.
It is not surprising that more businesses are now using cloud services. In general, daily business functions such as storing emails and documents and sharing files between collaborators is easier. Files merely need to be dragged and dropped to a shared folder.
Paying to store backups in the cloud can also be more affordable than investing in physical servers. Overall, cloud services can improve daily workflow and productivity.
They can also make patient care more efficient. Telemedicine applications can be used in a variety of care environments so that patients receive the monitoring and care provider feedback they need without having to visit an office.
The question that remains is at what cost. Electronic patient records are highly valuable to hackers looking to profit from stolen identities. Storing these files in the cloud or even transmitting them can increase the risk for a cyber attack.