Doctors Find Clarity in the Cloud, but IT Isn’t Convinced

A. DeCarlo
A. DeCarlo

Summary Bullets:         

  • Acceptance of the cloud in the medical field is on the rise: recent Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) research finds that 91% of physicians think cloud-based image sharing is beneficial to patients.
  • Providers of all stripes are lining up with on-demand offers targeted toward healthcare organizations, but it is still too early to forecast whether healthcare IT departments will get on board with the cloud.

For an industry as skilled at integrating technological innovations into daily practices as healthcare, it is surprising how mightily the sector has struggled with adapting information technology to improve operating efficiencies.  From doctor’s offices, clinics, and hospitals to the insurance companies that support them, the healthcare industry has toiled for decades to incorporate IT into its practices, to improve operational efficiencies and take out costs.  Unfortunately, years-long efforts around activities such as electronic healthcare record (EHR) initiatives have often yielded more frustration than real industry-wide process improvements.  Continue reading “Doctors Find Clarity in the Cloud, but IT Isn’t Convinced”