How the cloud bolsters healthcare firms today

June 14, 2013

Healthcare is a field in which timeliness is everything. The world’s medical patients have an impossibly wide range of conditions and ailments, and it’s next to impossible for health firms to be fully aware of everything. They absolutely must try, though, as a delay of mere minutes could possibly be the difference between life and death.

Luckily, cloud computing services can help the medical field tremendously, offering patients, their doctors and their healthcare firms access to more information in real time which can help them make decisions. Bloomberg Businessweek recently reported on one real-world example of this technology paying off – in St. Johnsville, New York, a patient complained of feeling pressure in his chest, and instantly, his healthcare company was able to analyze the problem, assess his medical history and make a quick judgment that he needed triple bypass surgery. He had the operation the next day, and he later said it may have saved his life.

Examples like this happen in the medical world every day. Thanks to the cloud, medical professionals can share information more easily, make decisions more intelligently and act more quickly. The result is twofold – better health for patients, and better profit potential for private companies.

The industry is growing

David Linthicum, founder and chief technology officer of Cloud Technology Partners, recently wrote for InfoWorld that the market for cloud computing in health is rapidly growing. Citing data from the research firm Markets and Markets, he noted that the market is expected to grow to a whopping $5.4 billion by 2017. He also pointed out that that doesn’t mean support for the cloud movement is unanimous.

“This transition won’t be pain-free,” Linthicum wrote. “Most IT organizations in the healthcare sector don’t have the talent required to move their systems safely to cloud-based platforms, and they may not understand the compliance and security issues as well as they should. However, the default of ‘do nothing’ is not acceptable considering that the IT backlog is growing again and budgets are not. It’s time to get creative and innovative around the use of new technology, including cloud computing.”

While not everyone is aboard the health cloud computing bandwagon just yet, the transition is most certainly underway, and it’s not hard to see why. Cloud technologies make doctors, patients and private companies more connected and better equipped to make important decisions about their futures.