The current impact of Cloud Computing
The transformation that the Healthcare industry is currently going is revolutionary. Cloud computing has made its way into the sector and improving the system of healthcare infrastructure. Reports claim that the global healthcare cloud computing sector is estimated to reach $9.48 billion in 2020 at a 20.5% compound annual growth rate. Healthcare cloud computing is dominated by the USA followed by Europe. This exponential growth of this industry is paving the way to improve the access and quality of healthcare and will also place new demands on the system in the future.
Since the digitization of healthcare, there have been many advancements in the sector with regards to connectivity and security. Cloud computing has helped healthcare face its biggest challenges such as personal data privacy, counterfeiting, and drug theft. However, the technology is developing ever so fast at a pace that will change the future.
Potential methods of revolutionary transformation
Here are the 6 ways how cloud computing might bring about transformation in the healthcare industry:
- Personal data privacy: When the volume of data increases, it can be a nightmare to store all the medical records when it comes to data security and compliance. It can be really expensive for individual healthcare organizations maintain their own IT infrastructure and be held accountable for all the data directly. Cloud computing will solve this problem by providing access to the latest technology and security processes to reduce this individual accountability
- Inefficient resource management: There is nothing that is done to reduce the escalating cost of health care and there has also been no real implementation plan to solve the same. The factors that contribute to the escalation of this cost include inefficient management of resources like access to the medical data resource pool of research, staff and even equipment. To solve this issue, cloud-based solutions can be executed like having a social-media approach to gather patient data and also using artificial intelligence for data augmentation to make it easier for doctors to evaluate the patients.
- Counterfeiting: It is required to monitor the drug supply chain to ensure that there is no drug theft, sales of expired medicine and counterfeiting. Cloud services can help the pharmaceutical companies to monitor and report the real-time status of the drugs during transportation and also report any suspicious events instantly. Currently, the market is open for solutions for these problems and it is expected that cloud computing can provide an effective remedy in the near future
- Uniform medical records: Today, every hospital have their own electronic health record systems. Sometimes, this may not be in favor of the hospital’s visitors. This increases the cost that the customers have to pay because it contributes to the maintenance of those systems. It makes it difficult for patients to change their care providers because every hospital may follow a different system. Cloud can provide a single platform or a system that all healthcare institutions can follow so that there is a standardized format that everyone can adhere to
- Access to health care: Even today, there are many parts of the world which still do not have the basic access to healthcare and there are so many struggling patients who are in need of it. Cloud tele-health and digital care solutions are gaining a lot of popularity.
Will it work?
Healthcare and Cloud Cmputing are made for each other in terms of improving the health care quality in the global society. Cloud computing will be more advanced in terms of security, hybrid infrastructure, better cost, seamless integration and as a result, the world will have access to better healthcare solutions.