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4 Latest Uses for Cloud Computing in Healthcare

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By Shannon Flynn

Cloud computing is a critical part of the growing tech world. As healthcare facilities integrate these technologies, workers and patients alike see a number of benefits. With the COVID-19 pandemic causing a rapid shift in adapting new tech, this industry is now changing for the better. These four adaptations of cloud computing in healthcare show the power it holds.

1. Collaboration

Cloud computing is a leader in the healthcare field. Its vast capabilities - like collecting data, storing it and providing healthcare workers with remote access - make it an ideal system. However, this form of computing truly shines at facilitating better collaboration between staff as well as other healthcare facilities.

The accessibility of cloud data storage allows employees to send, receive and transfer data from office to office or from, say, a radiology center to an emergency room. Then, all who have access along the network can contribute and share information easily.

Moreover, collaboration between tech innovations also makes cloud computing stand out. Some healthcare facilities use internet of things (IoT) sensors that transmit data in real-time wirelessly. Wearables, for instance, can send information about vitals in an instant, and cloud computing then stores and processes it.

From here, you'll see integrations multiply. Artificial intelligence (AI) is already providing algorithms that can predict things like treatment outcomes and even diagnoses.

2. Scalability

When it comes to cloud computing, it's all about the hardware that holds and processes it all. These data centers are powerful things - they have to store massive amounts of data for patients and healthcare providers. This storage can translate to big costs. However, cloud computing allows for scalability.

Scalability is the critical ability to change the size of the resources that cloud computing provides. For example, if patient numbers are rising and the facility needs more data storage space, IT departments can scale up cloud computers. This process will also help practices expand once they get more patients or scale down if they are downsizing.

With the combination of scalable cloud computing, many platforms are now more energy-efficient than ever. Together, these two factors will end up saving hospitals and other practices a significant amount of money. In the meantime, employees can still provide personalized care for each patient based on their data.

3. Virtual Health

The pandemic has disrupted most aspects of daily life across the globe. Healthcare systems are no different, with facilities taking in overwhelming numbers of patients across several spikes in cases across the United States.

As a result, virtual healthcare has taken off like never before. Of course, this trend wouldn't be possible without the power of cloud computing. The cloud makes data and information on-demand. It then makes sense that applications and platforms offer full charts, video chatting and connections to providers who can prescribe medication or diagnose patients on the spot.

With this development, cloud computing aids in slowing the spread of the virus. People can stay home while the systems automatically transfer their data to the app and back to the healthcare providers. It's all in one place, thanks to the data centers that store it all.

4. Security

With such high-tech innovation in play, patients and healthcare workers need cybersecurity that's equally robust. This step involves firewalls, IT experts and layers of encryption. Deploying these protections is essential for keeping patient data as confidential as possible.

Countless cybercrimes involve breaching healthcare facilities and stealing medical records. Others focus on insurance scams to try and get money from patients. Cloud computing in healthcare, though, is a step forward due to the number of security layers it provides.

Plus, adaptability is key. Cloud computing isn't necessarily a service, but instead the infrastructure on which healthcare facilities rely. Having such an adaptable piece of technology at the core of workflows means healthcare facilities and workers can change their approaches quickly.

They can change the hardware and update the software as necessary. As the cyber world changes, healthcare should as well. Of course, cloud computing can always keep backup files in case of errors as well.

Cloud Computing for the Future

These new uses for the cloud aren't going anywhere. They're here to stay and show the direction in which healthcare is headed. With cloud computing, healthcare workers are able to provide each patient with the best care, quickly and securely, and often from any location.


About the Author

Shannon Flynn 

Shannon Flynn is a tech writer who covers topics like cloud computing, business technology, and data. You can find her work on Hackernoon, Cybint Solutions, Irish Tech News, and Visit ReHack for other trending tech topics covered by Shannon.

Published Wednesday, November 18, 2020 7:34 AM by David Marshall
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