Cloud computing, which is powering many of our electronic devices today, has been said to have been a concept prior to President J. F Kennedy even taking office. However, many industries today have now grasped cloud computing and are looking at switching over to it unabashedly.
One such industry that is looking to and somewhat even begun transforming its business practice is the Health Care industry. This industry has had to re-evaluate itself due to the pressing and evolving clinical and business realities and more so, due to Governmental reforms. Health care heavily relies on data and so it will have to now make technology alterations to look far beyond the traditional electronic health record (EHR). The EHR needs to be transformed into a more dynamic informational system and one that can easily be connected to the global landscape.
The simpler EHR is fast becoming a tool of the past and must become part of a larger more integrated recording system. The Electronic Health Record (EHR) performing better would lead to better quality care, safety, privacy, precise prognosis and of course efficiency while engaging with patients. Each patient’s integrated data leads to efficient interactions with the patient which in turn also benefits the healthcare organisations in lowering costs.
HealthLeaders Media Survey indicated that 81% of healthcare institutions reply on an EHR, while 95% expect to in the next 3 years. Today’s EHRs only contain 50% or less of available patient data or have incomplete patient record. Today’s patient’s data lies across multiple systems or even on paper records. To collect and then to collaborate all this data efficiently will only be satisfactory or reliable if all the data collected from all forms of mediums is formatted in a clinically acceptable way.
The fundamental migration of data requires health care professional and IT professionals to think and design a structure that is easily integrated, more collaborative and definitely more analytical. We cannot afford to continue to employ the traditional operating systems that disseminate information intermittently or keeps information in uncollaborated pockets.
Today’s model of patient records can be easily integrated with cloud technology – keeping the patients data and care at the forefront of it all. All medical records should now start to be synced and easily shareable so one can access the patient’s full medical history immediately. This is however most demanded when the patient has a number of specialists they need to see.
Connected health care is crucial and so sharing, integration and mobility across this enterprise is what will really drive this industry to alter making health care more people centric, precise and personalized.
Looking at Cloud Technology for the Health Industry
One of the superstitions floating around regarding the Cloud environment is that once it is deployed, it becomes dependent of the providers on-premise data center. The Cloud has gone through many reiterations from its initial birth, and so the modern cloud infrastructure can be easily an extension of a consumer’s already existing infrastructure if he so choses.
However, with the help of Advanced Application Programming (API) and other connection methodologies, partnerships like OnApp and Cirrus Tech give reach to global infrastructure to their customer’s. Cirrus Tech employs 3 Data Centers in the Toronto area for its web hosting and hosted exchange operations which means that the customer’s data can remain on Canadian soil as well. Cirrus Tech (Toronto) with the help of OnApp can make people’s health related data be easily connected through their global infrastructure. This type of flexibility around connectively in cloud is a relatively new phenomenon. And so Cloud is a perfect solution for the health industry as this platform provides agility and is geo redundant.
The OnApp Federation is the perfect platform for different health agencies that are looking to easily correlate their data. One of the best features of this Federation is that the ownership of data will never be limited to one company and there are choices of different managed SLA’s to choose from. Different types of data can be chosen to be distributed in different geographical locations. That data is an easy access through Cloud and CDN instances from around the world from a single dashboard-in actual time.
Benefits of Cloud Federation for health care focused cloud service providers:
- Dealing with a single company
- Unlimited capacity expansion
- No Downtime
This junction that the health care industry is at right now is quite exciting for patients around the world. Patients will no longer be passive receivers of a diagnosis but will become more active and global consumers of their own health care. They will be able to access their entire health record more actively and securely and also be able to share this information from any mobile device. The lines between cloud providers, payer coverage and the patient are all blurring. What should remain is our vigilant attention on making sure the health care industry communicates more efficiently and effectively.
Processes and systems that go along with data collection need to manage data in a way that optimizes its value. Having these fundamental structures in place before hand only makes sense. Getting started on this data collecting venture in this industry where costs are expected to double in 2019 creates an uneasy urgency to it all.