Healthcare is undoubtedly the world’s largest industry, valued at $2.8 Trillion dollars. It is an integration of various systems that provide services to treat patients with rehabilitative, palliative, curable and preventive care. This largest and fast-developing industry consumes 10% of GDP of US and other developed nations. Being slow to embrace the technology innovation, the present healthcare industry is bombarded with several challenges.
There are several organizations which are still using paper medical records in a siloed environment. Even when the data is digitalized, it is not centrally managed. This lack of portability of data makes it difficult to share information between various departments. A patient who visits a primary care professional has to carry all investigation reports while consulting a specialist. There is a lack of collaboration between patients, physicians and the medical staff.
Another challenge is the management of data-heavy documents such as radiology reports and genomic images. Moreover, you cannot access information from any location or device. In case of emergency, this aspect becomes critical. The operational inefficiency results in increased expenses. With governing regulations such as HIPAA and PACS being strictly enforced, adhering to these norms is a challenge.
Cloud solutions create a centralized database management system facilitating on-demand access to information. Moreover, operational efficiency is greatly enhanced. It becomes easy to manage large data files such as genomic images or radiology graphs.
With centralized and on-demand access to information, collaboration between medical staff, physicians and patients becomes simple and easy. Health applications can be integrated with the existing infrastructure. When a patient is referred to a specialist, the primary care doctor can simply log the patient information in the Electronic Health Record (HER) which becomes available to anyone who has the permission of the patient. With cloud computing, better care is provided to patients.
The increased use of smart-phones means organizations have to provide on-demand access to information from a range of devices. By moving the resources to the cloud, you can provide 24/7 access to resources. Users can securely access the information from anywhere, anytime and from any device.
Today, governing healthcare regulations have become more stringent. PACs compliance requirement is now a mandate, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). HIPAA is another important regulation that has to be complied with. With cloud-based data management system, it is easy to comply with these healthcare regulations.
The cloud optimizes resources to the core. Capital expenses are turned into operational expenditures. On the patient side, investigation expenses are significantly reduced. It has been found that emergency departments have reduced repetitive imaging. According to Himss Analytics, organizations that use health information exchange (HIE) systems are 9% less likely to repeat ultrasounds, 8.7 % less likely to repeat CT scans and 13 % less likely to repeat chest X-rays.
While the healthcare industry was slow in embracing the cloud, the current situation speaks about a different picture. According to a survey published by Himss Analytics, the cloud adoption is 83% in the healthcare sector. The Internet of Things (IoT) market is valued at $24,667 million by the research firm, P&S Market Research. It is expected to grow with a CAGR of 37.6% during 2015-2020. Patient-related health apps are increasingly being used by people. In 2015, 32% of US people had at least one health app installed on their mobile, as reported by PwC. The global telemedicine market is expected to touch $27 billion by the end of 2016 wherein $16 billion is accounted for virtual health services. The cloud is playing a key role in enhancing interoperability between various applications. With the IT and the cloud taking the healthcare industry by a storm, organizations that ignore this technology are sure to be left behind.
The most important challenge faced by the healthcare industry from the first days of information technologies is the imposition of IT standards in an industry which always requests high level of service personalization towards its very own organization. Health care industry is all about service customization. This is the real problem.
Either at local or the international level, all Healthcare organizations differ from one another for various reasons such as government policies, financial regulations, service requirements and social values. When society and people have different needs and purposes, it is a mistake to try to standardize on the IT level things which will never be standard. On the other hand, cloud companies are trying to impose their standards and this explains why it has always been a problem for this industry to adopt proper Information technologies.
Most companies are offering standards while CenterServ is the first cloud company that offers high customizable technologies instead of standards. CenterServ is the leading provider of cloud computing solutions for the healthcare industry. With thousands of nodes located in 200 countries, your data is always available online 24/7. Backed by several years of rich experience in designing healthcare cloud systems that is augmented with the experienced and dedicated staff, CenterServ delivers customized cloud solutions that are tailor-made for your organization. CenterServ is not affiliated or obliged to any product, service or solution which means your organization is entitled for the best available alternative for any specific purpose or need. Most importantly, CenterServ solutions are cost-effective.