The healthcare industry has relied on cloud-based solutions for back-office needs and securely storing and protecting patient data for years. By next year, the number of providers using cloud services is projected to triple, growing from $3.73 million to $9.5 billion — and for good reason.
Part of this acceleration is threefold: cloud services offer unparalleled security measures, they’re scalable to allow for increased data, and they are collaborative. Hospital administrators, physicians, researchers, and patients demand affordable solutions that can be readily accessed, yet are as secure and efficient as possible.
From back-office to center stage
Not long ago, cloud-based solutions were used as a tool to handle internal and external communication and data storage. Its impact was significant, but back-office solutions are just one small — one very small — component of cloud services.
Think of virtual care, or telemedicine. We know that over 70 percent of routine doctor visits don’t actually require face-to-face interactions and can easily be done online or via email, text, or phone call. Cloud computing will work in tandem with a more digitized healthcare system to enhance the quality and convenience of patient care, all while offering an even more secure server to ensure patient data and records are confidential and protected.
The cloud will also continue to host more patient empowerment tools. These applications are convenient for patients as they enable them to take control of their own health — offering tools and platforms for patients to monitor their health, educate themselves, and store their records. SweetSpot Diabetes Care is just one example of this; they use cloud-based apps to empower diabetics to more closely monitor their glucose data.
Scalability is critical
When people think of cloud computing, they think of efficiency, security, and accessibility. These are all important components, but many healthcare providers opt for cloud-based solutions because they are scalable. The services can be easily transformed to fit changes in demand and data, and they are flexible and more accessible on the development side as well. A win-win for the healthcare industry and its patients.
This inherent flexibility opens up the possibility for collaboration — between larger corporations, developers, smaller innovators, etc. — in a secure, stable environment. But the biggest benefit of scalability, accessibility, and flexibility is that it makes collaboration and services more cost-efficient.
Putting money where it matters
Cloud computing solutions offer the same (if not better) quality of service as an internal IT team, except at a much lower cost. Internally, you would need to acquire the proper software and hardware, but that means you would also need to hire skilled IT personnel for continued maintenance. Choosing cloud computing — whether public, private, or hybrid — saves you money because you only pay for what you need and use.
Many providers choose to use hybrid cloud computing because it is a mix of on-premise, private, and third-party public cloud services. Instead of opting for public or private, hybrid cloud computing gives healthcare providers more freedom in the decisions they make, all while saving on costs. This means more money can be put back into what really matters: business growth. At Zuryc, Inc., we know that healthcare providers must continue to expand on their quality of services to better care for their patients.