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The Effects of Cloud Computing on the Health Care Industry

21 January 2013 – Cloud computing is now not just about uploading your files in Yahoo! Groups or Google Communities for sharing with a common group. Cloud computing today speaks of large data and resources used by enterprises. There are many businesses and industries affected by this trend in technology. One of which is the health care sector.

Yes, the world is fast changing. At the heart of this change are cloud technologies that are also being accepted by the health care industry.

But, there are issues:

1. Record and Protect Patients’ Information Safely
2. Store Data with Less Cost
3. Share Records to Authorized People
4. Less Risk for Data Loss
5. Mobile Component

For an excellent overview from Vanessa Parks click here.

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Verizon, Duke to Develop New Health Care Products in the Cloud

6 October 2011 – Verizon and Duke University have announced a partnership that the two parties say will build on cloud computing and mobile technology to change how health care is delivered.  Verizon’s Connected Health Solutions group will contribute computing infrastructure, staffing and resources for developing new technology, while the Durham, N.C., university will bring researchers, students and project management to the partnership. Under the multi-year agreement announced Oct. 5, the two organizations will test health care technologies for commercial viability. Duke will establish an internship at the university for students to contribute to the research. The initiatives will bring better care, expand access and lower cost of treatment, according to Verizon and Duke.

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Cloud computing, a new approach to data management?

19 August 2011 – Mike Denis, director of information strategy at South London and Maudsley Foundation Trust, part of King’s Health Partners Academic Health Science Centre, suggests cloud computing can revolutionize the management of patient data.

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The legal issues of health care in the cloud

1 August 2011 – According to a recent Gartner Group study, annual spending on cloud-related transactions may grow to almost $150 billion worldwide by 2014. Although health care is a market segment that has generally resisted jumping into the technology explosion taking place “in the cloud,” according to the CDW 2011 Cloud Computing Tracking Poll, 30 percent of health care organizations are now either implementing cloud-based solutions or are already operating such solutions.

In addition, the poll projects that current cloud users will spend more than one-third of their 2016 I.T. budget on cloud resources and applications. This ever-growing movement is driven by the flexibility, cost savings and convenience that cloud-based solutions can offer. At the same time, there are significant downsides to making the move-including the loss of control over critical I.T. systems and sensitive data. However, there are a number of ways health care organizations can manage the risks and reap the rewards of the cloud.

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Challenges of cloud computing in healthcare integration

27 July 2011 – Despite widespread adoption of cloud-based solutions by most industries, the healthcare industry has been slow to embrace cloud computing. While this slow adoption is partially due to concerns about safeguarding confidential patient information and compliance with key regulations such as HIPAA, many healthcare IT departments are simply burdened with outdated legacy systems and feel overwhelmed with the prospect of supporting yet another standard or protocol.

If these obstacles can be overcome, cloud computing solutions can bring tremendous benefits to healthcare organizations as well as help them improve patient care and reduce overall healthcare costs.

For instance, cloud computing can help healthcare organizations share information stored across disparate information systems in real- time and can free up IT staff to attend to more critical tasks in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

In my opinion however, the biggest benefit of embracing the cloud is the ability to take advantage of a new generation of innovative applications. The cloud levels the playing field for healthcare start-ups and entrepreneurs who previously could not enter the market due to high barriers … Read more

Cloud computing has been playing a larger role in healthcare, but what is its security profile?

25 July 2011 – From a purely business perspective, cloud computing makes a compelling case for healthcare providers. After all, the on-demand, pay-as-you-go cloud model offers a way to reduce the costs of applications and storage-no small matter for hospitals faced with challenges to maintaining revenue margin health.

Yet security issues weigh heavily on any decision to take advantage of the cloud platform. This was a key finding in a survey conducted last May by CDW LLC, a technology solutions and services firm in Vernon, Ill. The poll assessed current and future cloud computing use in healthcare, business, government, and education, and found that 28 percent of organizations (across all industries) use the cloud today in some capacity. Security issues were the number-one concern that could hold back their organization from either adopting or further implementing cloud computing.

It’s worth noting that compared to all of the business sectors surveyed, healthcare organizations take the most security measures, according to Nathan Coutinho, manager of enterprise server, storage, and virtualization solutions for CDW, which he attributes to federal HIPAA mandates. Indeed, proposed … Read more