Cloud Computing: Safe for Healthcare
July 5, 2017
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“By 2020, cloud will be where secure and trusted IT services live, due in large part to the proliferation of cloud-based encryption, threat analytics, behavior analytics, blockchain, and compliance services.”
IDC “Cloud Evolves to Cloud 2.0”
Healthcare has traditionally been slow to embrace models used in other business settings. The industry was relatively late to the table for big data, marketing analytics, and now, cloud computing. There are a number of reasons why this has occurred:
Increasingly, healthcare providers understand that healthcare is not only about the mission to provide quality healthcare but also, it’s about running the business of medicine.
This is why the promise of cloud computing is so important to the organizations. Cloud computing has moved past the toddler phase into more mature, stable, and secure frameworks that offer hospitals an affordable, scalable option for data storage. IoT sensors allow hospitals the flexibility to safely monitor patients while at home, with the cloud as a conduit for important patient data.
More and more hospitals are using cloud computing models to further the mission of their facilities by providing better treatment options. At the same time, these agencies are improving their financial margins by saving money in the cloud.
Old School CMIOs versus the Cloud 2.0 Models
We know there are old school CMIOs who still feel nervous and uncertain in the cloud. They say that cloud computing interferes with true network security, and data should remain on-premise behind a firewall. If your hospital CMIO is suggesting this, your organization will rapidly fall behind. IDC predicts that by 2020 public cloud services will make up 58% of the total global business cloud expenditures of $355 billion.
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Enterprise organizations are moving to the cloud en mass; that is because cloud computing is more distributed, with stronger security in place to handle today’s cyber threats:
Glenn Weinstein of Appirio said it best in an IDG article, where he was quoted as saying, “2017 will increasingly see cloud migration as a risk mitigation strategy. Delegating industrial-strength security to major cloud providers such as Amazon and Google will be seen as safer, and more scalable, than continuing to invest in corporate network perimeter defense.”
The revolution of cloud computing has moved data beyond on-premise data centers and into the cloud. There are more cost benefits and increased flexibility for the modern day healthcare provider in the cloud. Healthcare organizations will no longer be held back by hardware limitations and will spend less money on infrastructure.
So is the cloud safe for healthcare? Evidently, most healthcare providers have gone with the evidence; an HIMSS Analytics survey shared that 83% of IT executives are using some form of cloud service today.
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