Cloud computing – the term that is no more an unfamiliar one, continues to shower it’s amazing beneficial offerings over one industry after another. This time it’s the Healthcare industry. Cloud Computing is all set to take on the European Healthcare Industry with a bang. The increasing adoption of cloud technology by several healthcare institutes across the Europe has largely been observed. This will greatly help in improving quality of service while minimizing the costs.
The healthcare industry feels that there is a dire need to figure out certain strategies that could help reducing costs and growing revenues. Different technologies have been adopted by hospitals and health institutes that make processes simpler by streamlining the workflows. These include radiology information systems (RIS), picture archiving and communication systems (PACS), clinical information systems (CIS) and healthcare information systems (HIS). But still, these technologies need to be integrated and all the patients’ information is required to be available at one single location that can be accessed from anywhere. This problem is solved by Cloud technology.
According to Raghuraman Madanagopal, the Healthcare Analyst at Frost & Sullivan,
.By using cloud computing, the expenditure on hardware and storage space would be cut down, as cloud storage can cost almost 10 times less than regular storage systems. In addition, cloud storage implementation may result in a drastic readjustment of the amount spent on training resources to manage the storage systems..
Cloud computing has turned into an enterprise-wide solution for healthcare industry that allows all crucial patient and imaging data to be stored at a single spot and accessible from anywhere. It will help the European healthcare professionals to enhance the efficiency of operations and quality of medical services, manage expenditures and share medical information across different geographic locations and access patient’s information whenever needed.
Madanagopal further added,
.Cloud service providers are constantly innovating themselves and improving their security standards in order to comply with different regulations and ensure high security. The advantages of cloud computing in terms of storage size and storage efficiency, data loss prevention and facilitating synchronized and authorized sharing of data can change the dynamics of the European healthcare informatics industry in the course of time..
We can elucidate the practical implication of this important concept by framing out an example of a situation where a patient’s information record is required to be shared in an emergency with other healthcare professionals working in a different location. The simple and fastest mode can then prove to be sharing the authorized access to the information stored in the cloud storage space. This means that a large amount of data can be stored and backed up as well using this technology.
Cloud computing implementation is, however, in its early stages, and there are still a few restraining factors such as security and compliance concerns, shortage of qualified personnel to shift data from hardware to the cloud, and poor broadband penetration or low internet speeds in many parts of Europe.
The implementation of Cloud computing is however in the initial phases. Certain restraining factors are there that include lack of sufficient qualified staff to shift data to the cloud, security and compliance issues and poor internet speeds in certain areas of Europe. However, we anticipate that Cloud Computing is going to rule the entire Healthcare industry across Europe in near future.