3 Cloud Computing Benefits for the Healthcare Sector

3 Cloud Computing Benefits for the Healthcare Sector

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Thursday, November 19, 2020

The cloud is making advances in the healthcare industry, becoming a vital tool for healthcare providers everywhere.

FREMONT, CA: There has been a drastic shift in the creation, consumption, storage, and sharing of healthcare data. From conventional storage to digitalization of healthcare data, the industry has come a long way in streamlining data management practices. For an industry that has lagged behind its contemporaries, the healthcare sector is leading on cloud adoption. The extensive adoption of cloud computing goes far beyond just storing data in the cloud. Healthcare providers are now leveraging the cloud to gain efficiencies, optimize workflows, reduce the costs associated with healthcare delivery, and offer personalization in care to improve outcomes. Here are some most important benefits cloud offers to healthcare.

Efficient Storage

The federal mandate requires health care facilities to demonstrate meaningful use of electronic medical records for storing data about patient interactions. The goals of meaningful use are to enhance the quality, safety, and efficiency of medical services, engage patients, improve care coordination, and maintain patient privacy and security. Today health care facilities have abandoned paper record-keeping when it comes to medical records. Electronic medical records are stored in the cloud platform and updated by physicians, nurses, and other health care providers.

Collaborative Patient Care

The deployment of cloud storage for medical records has optimized the process of collaborative patient care. Cloud-based records have made it easier for care providers to collaboratively view and share patients' medical records. Previously, a patient might have a separate file for medical records at each doctor they visit. The extensive use of cloud-based patient care documentation makes it seamless for doctors to share data, interact between other physicians and the patient, and offer care that considers what the patient has experienced with other doctors previously.

Superior Data Security

Physicians who used filing cabinets to store patient records faced the risk of data theft or damage. Paper records can be easily lost or stolen and could be destroyed by a natural disaster. The lack of security of these documents was a significant risk to patient safety. Health care providers can outsource data storage and security to compliant cloud storage services. These services offer data storage of patient records that comply with legally mandated data security and privacy needs. Cloud computing has helped ensure that the care provider can access a data storage solution that will adequately protect the patient's sensitive information.

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