Technology-led innovations and advances in medical research enabled new treatments, cures, and therapies for various diseases and conditions. Technologies like cloud, AI, and automation play crucial roles in the transformation journey. If we talk about the cloud, it has significantly changed the healthcare system, like storage and record management, information sharing, and real-time data and application access from anywhere, making it easier for healthcare providers to deliver high-quality care and experience.
The adoption of cloud in healthcare
The adoption of the cloud in healthcare is on the rise, especially since COVID-19, more and more healthcare service providers are eagerly looking towards the cloud to unlock its benefits like collaboration and information sharing, real-time accessibility, improved data management, better resource utilization, and cost efficiency.
According to the Vantage market research report published in Oct 2022, the worldwide healthcare cloud market is expected to reach $128.19 billion by 2028, with a CAGR of 18.74% between 2021 and 2028. The report mentioned cloud market value $32.44 Billion in 2020.
There are still some challenges to adopting cloud technology in healthcare, such as concerns about data security and privacy, regulatory requirements etc.
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However, advances in cloud technology and increased regulatory support for cloud-based solutions are helping to overcome some of the challenges and facilitate the adoption of cloud technology in healthcare.
Enhanced data storage solution
Record maintenance is vital for every industry, healthcare service providers generate and transfer a large amount of data, including health records, medical imaging, lab results, patients’ information, and other clinical data. However, managing and communicating this large amount of data can be challenging, especially when it comes to ensuring the security and privacy of patient information.
This has led to the need for efficient data management solutions, such as cloud-based platforms, which can handle large amounts of data and ensure that it is stored and transferred securely.
By adopting efficient data management solutions, healthcare organizations can ensure that they have the information they need to provide high-quality patient care, while also securing the privacy and security of patient information.
Enhanced customer experience
From raising general queries to cost comparing and booking appointments, most of the users use digital platforms. With cloud platforms, healthcare service providers can enhance the customer experience by improving access to information and services, streamlining processes, and increasing efficiency.
For example, a website/app for services and product details, booking appointments, viewing test results, and a communication platform for quick responses.
Easy data sharing
Doctors and health advisers collaborate and exchange their expertise to offer better health advice, with cloud communication and collaboration between specialists and general physicians easily possible.
With the widespread use of electronic health records and other digital applications, sharing information and collaborating on patient care have become more efficient.
Data security and cost-effective
The cloud platform offers cost-effectiveness and scalability. However, data security is the biggest challenge not only for healthcare service providers and across the industry moving ahead with new-edge technologies. The number of cyberattacks on the Indian healthcare industry was the second highest worldwide.
With the cloud platform, healthcare service providers can integrate security solutions to enhance the platform’s security. Also can follow various measures like Encryption, Access controls, Regular software updates, and awareness among the employees and partners about best cybersecurity practices.
Organizations should adopt the best security solutions for their businesses depending on the data and complexity of the platform.
The cloud eliminates the need for expensive hardware and software and the costs associated with maintaining and upgrading the systems. As a result, healthcare service providers can choose the best-suited cloud platform and pay only for the resources they use without the need for large upfront investments.
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