Healthcare Inches Into the Cloud

Amy Larsen DeCarlo
Amy Larsen DeCarlo

Summary Bullets:

  • Recent research on cloud use conducted by IT provider CDW found that just 35% of the healthcare IT professionals surveyed are either implementing or supporting cloud deployments today.
  • Worries about security are keeping some health organizations on the sidelines; however, organizations in the industry are becoming increasingly receptive to the model, based at least in part on experience with on-demand storage and other services for personal use.

As adroit as the healthcare sector is when it comes to applying advanced medical technologies to improve diagnostics, treatments, and ultimately patient outcomes, the industry has a more awkward relationship with information technology in general and collaboration solutions in particular.  Though healthcare providers have often invested heavily in communications systems to streamline the information sharing process, many of these often proprietary implementations have fallen far short of expectations.  We can chalk some of the lackluster results to privacy and compliance issues that mandate organizations maintain tight control over information; however, there are also process and even cultural obstructions that are getting in the way of progress. Continue reading “Healthcare Inches Into the Cloud”

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”