Posted on: Nov 30, 2017 by Ruud van der Loo
Cloud computing is changing the way healthcare providers -- doctors, clinics and hospitals -- deliver quality, affordable services to their patients. Indeed, providers have no choice but to embrace the cloud in some form. This transition is being driven by two forces: the business imperative to cut costs and improve the quality of care.
On the business side, providers are continually tasked to reduce their operational expenses while they struggle to contain rising infrastructure, administrative and pharmaceutical costs. At the same time, they face stringent government demands to improve the quality of healthcare and provide common standards in the industry.
On the patient side, providers must satisfy the demand for instant, top-quality access to healthcare services. Patients -- who are accustomed to the 24/7 availability and service from online retailers and financial institutions -- expect and even demand such access and services from their healthcare providers. People have become more involved in managing their own healthcare needs, which only complicates matters, and gravitate to the web for diagnosis, information and treatments.
Patients’ wants and desires translate sooner or later into healthcare providers delivering internet-based services that enable healthcare professionals to communicate with patients before, during and after they carry out procedures. Healthcare providers are increasingly turning to the cloud to address the business and patient needs of their rapidly-evolving environment.
I am convinced enterprise health clouds help healthcare organizations to become agile businesses. A cloud can allow them to both “drive patient insights with advanced analytics,” and to “engage customers with applications designed specifically for their needs.”
However, while most cloud platforms available today are horizontal, designed to meet the needs of any industry, I believe that a health cloud model best suited to drive innovation must also be:
Able to derive actionable insights from clinical, patient, provider, research, and other data sets
Designed to meet the evolving needs of the full healthcare ecosystem and value chain
Secure end-to-end, providing an environment of trust
Purpose-built for the needs of healthcare and life sciences organizations, including data governance, auditability, and interfaces for health data standards and systems
Compliant with relevant international privacy standards
Built in a quality management system (QMS), for organizations needing proof that the cloud meets stringent regulatory controls
Key to truly transform
In an increasingly complex and fragmented industry, basic security imperatives are not sufficient. The stakes are higher for sensitive health data, so the purpose-built cloud needs to go further eg…