3 Ways Cloud Is Changing Healthcare Services
Cloud computing as a technology, has penetrated literally most industries we see today; manufacturing, technology (obviously), consulting, and now even healthcare. Over the years, the healthcare industry has woken up to the reality, that cloud computing could essentially revolutionize the way they deliver services, especially to the end consumer, i.e. the patients. The way information can travel and be shared across a network has been accelerated like never before, and collaborations across geographies have taken place like never before, hence the marriage of cloud computing and healthcare services are an inevitable eventuality.
1. Limitless reach within a short span
With the use of cloud computing, information flow, in almost every industry, has a limitless reach in terms of geographical location. For healthcare professionals who need immediate information or consulting, or the patients are immobile and may not have resources or the condition to travel long distances, then cloud computing fills in the void. Add to that the ‘blink-of-an-eye’ speed with which such information flows, meaning that access to vital reports, prescriptions, etc. can take place in real-time.
2. Safer storage at fractional cost
Storage of information is perhaps just as crucial a getting direct access to it, hence safer storage is important. With data security having revolutionized in terms of storage capabilities on cloud, all confidential and important data can be safely stored and accessed from any location, without having to fear the compromises on its availability or authenticity, especially considering the risk and limitations of physical damage of storage hardware. And, all of this happens at a fractional cost in the medium and long-term, as compared to maintaining and accessing physical data records.
3. Big data management and better decisions
Needless to say that the data quantities have increased many folds with the records and other information flow, in the healthcare industry, and the systems they rely on. That is where big data management comes in, which is aided by technology based on cloud platforms, which in turn process and edit data more efficiently, and finally the decisions to be taken thereof by medical professionals, are more accurate, more objective in their judgments of all medical cases they have at hand. One of the limitations of non-cloud information and data storage, is the access and quality of data processed, which is taken care of on cloud, as a specialized service provider is in charge of building the technological ecosystem, need to handle data and converting it to information for decision making.
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