Cloud computing is the latest buzzword for all businesses today, including healthcare institutions. Its adoption has been rapid in the healthcare sector, and if we are to believe recent research, the global market for cloud computing is expected to reach $35 billion by 2022.
The reason is pretty simple. The patients’ expectations and requirements are evolving, and technology is the solution to it.
In a recent report on cloud services in the healthcare sector, Gartner Analyst, Greg Pressin reports that,
“Healthcare CIOs are becoming more comfortable with the public cloud as an option than in the past, and have begun to adopt cloud-based solutions where the benefits are clear, and the risks are acceptable.”
We understand that cloud technology is appealing to the medical field for significant reasons, like improving patient care and driving efficiency. But, that’s not all.
Let’s dive into the other reasons how this technology is beneficial for the healthcare industry.
A wealth of data is generated in the healthcare industry, including patients’ records, portals, and others such. All of this needs to be stored and managed with the utmost care, but not all the existing pieces of equipment can do it.
That’s where cloud technology comes into play. It helps manage and store a massive amount of data and that too at a reduced cost. How? No additional expenses for maintaining any physical servers and the cloud technology is comparatively cheaper to the conventional models and techniques.
P.S. There are also various user-friendly locum softwares in the market today that help doctors manage all their daily tasks and simplify stuff.
Do you wonder how overwhelming it is for the hospitals to store patients’ data in the peak season?
Gone are the days when records were maintained via paper. Neither did the conventional technology models prove to be of much good. But, hospitals don’t have to worry anymore with cloud technology because it provides ample data storage ability.
In fact, these are scalable, i.e. there is the flexibility to increase or decrease the storage of data depending on the patients.
For instance, when there is a rapid increase in patients during a particular time of the year, hospitals need not worry about data storage. They need to adapt their technology to it, and it can be done by either hardware or software updates.
Ease of collaboration
In today’s world, collaboration is a vital component of any business, and it plays a significant role in the healthcare industry too.
As already mentioned, cloud technology allows storing large chunks of data efficiently. This data can be accessed by professionals anytime, anywhere. This helps in the case of any emergency as they can have a look at the patient’s records and medical history without wasting any time and efforts.
Additionally, there are other features too that help doctors save patients’ lives. Like, via remote conferencing, doctors can easily connect with their counterparts in any part of the world and discuss patients’ conditions and maybe the best treatment for him/her.
“Cloud services support the security, auditing, and operational efficiency requirements needed by telemedicine apps, patient engagement tools, and IoT devices. Cloud services are more cost-effective and efficient than using on-premise or local data centres.”
It is pretty clear that cloud technology has transformed the healthcare industry, and we shall witness even more advancements in the future.