Healthcare has lagged behind other industries when it comes to making use of the cloud, but that’s changing. Confidence in cloud-based solutions is on the rise among healthcare professionals. So why is health information technology headed into the wild blue yonder?
Embracing Modern Security
Historically, healthcare organizations have worried about the security of private healthcare information, but some of this concern has been unfounded. It’s becoming more clear over time that maintaining a data silo within your organization is not only very inconvenient in the modern marketplace, but possibly the equivalent of hiding your money under your mattress. Disasters like Hurricane Katrina were a wake-up call, and the healthcare industry emerged with a new understanding that cloud computing creates a safety net for data, so that if infrastructure is damaged or malfunctions, crucial patient information isn’t lost or inaccessible. In fact, backups and disaster recovery are the third most common use of cloud applications in healthcare today, right behind hosting clinical apps and information exchange.
A Multi-Stakeholder Model
Another factor that makes the cloud a valuable asset is the degree of shared responsibility. Cloud-based services serve healthcare clients in large numbers, and secure systems are fundamental to their business model. A smaller healthcare organization would struggle to fund the type of system they can access by using an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) or Software as a Service (SaaS) solution, which illuminates why about 83% of IT healthcare organizations are leveraging one of these two solutions. Employing an IaaS or SaaS solution can also save on staffing.
A Solution to Merging Organizations
When organizations merge, they bring legacy systems with them. Starting from scratch brings enormous expense at a moment when everyone’s trying to hold down costs. But a cloud-based API and SaaS solutions can get existing systems talking to each other, and for a lower price than ripping existing systems out by the roots. As organizations realize this, it’s contributing to the uptick in cloud adoption.
When surveyed as to what they like about the cloud, healthcare organizations had a wide variety of answers. But their top three positives were that the cloud beefed up their technological edge, provided them with ongoing metrics (financial in particular), and greatly increased the speed at which solutions could be implemented. All of these are topics we’ve touched on in other blogs, and we’ve connected them back to patient satisfaction. Our patients have largely adopted the cloud. They use it to track their banking, make major purchases, and do research. They’re accustomed to quick, robust applications. Healthcare is embracing the cloud in order to keep pace with other industries.
At this stage in the game, it’s clear which way the wind blows. If your organization has been hesitating to connect to the cloud, it’s time to reassess!