How the Cloud Benefits Healthcare Firms
June 18, 2013
One of the myriad benefits of cloud computing is its versatility – the cloud has a galvanizing effect on many industries, from manufacturing to retail to education. But recently, the cloud movement has had perhaps the greatest influence of all on healthcare firms. Advancement in medical technology has sparked increased demand for innovative industry solutions – companies are looking for networking infrastructure that’s able to keep up with the rapidly evolving healthcare world.
The cloud has filled that role perfectly. By offering healthcare firms a way to store and share data quickly and effectively, cloud computing has saved time and money for companies that sorely need it, which in turn makes it easier for them to treat patients and ultimately save lives.
Here are a few ways in which the cloud has changed the medical profession for the better.
Access to medical records
Cloud computing makes it easier for firms to share and access records of patients’ histories on a daily basis. The New York Times cited Practice Fusion as an example – the San Francisco-based startup works tirelessly to put medical records in the cloud, and it has accumulated data on 60 million patients. The records are accessed by 150,000 healthcare providers. This is no fluke – medical professionals are discovering the joys of cloud storage every day.
Scheduling of medical care
It’s often difficult to find the right medical appointment – you need to find the perfect time, place and medical professional with the expertise to meet your specific needs. But cloud data expedites that process significantly, making it easy for patients to search for the doctor that works for them.
“If you want to see a doctor at 3 p.m. and your doctor is booked, I can put you in touch with every other local specialist who is available at that time,” Practice Fusion CEO Ryan Howard told the Times.
Reduced costs and improved security
Because the cloud expedites record-keeping and scheduling, it cuts down on administrative costs for firms, which frees up additional funding. Some of that money can be poured into data security, as paid IT officials can work to keep networks safe. When medical records are made both efficient and secure, it’s the best of both worlds.
Cloud computing helps everyone – there’s no doubt about that. But it’s especially powerful in the medical community, and firms everywhere are taking notice.