Healthcare In The Cloud: Good And Bad And Around The World

Healthcare in the Cloud: Good and Bad and Around the World

What field isn’t the cloud revolutionizing right now? From music to entrepreneurship, virtually every relevant sector is capitalizing on some aspect of the cloud in order to improve efficiency and — one hopes as a byproduct — creativity as well. Healthcare is not immune to the effects of cloud, either. The data storage concept is equipping the field to streamline and adapt to modern medicine. However, cloud’s advantages to healthcare come with both a good and bad side.

Let’s start with the good news: cloud computing is set to potentially renovate the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries. Medical focused organizations stand to profit immensely, in both time and money, from the cloud’s nifty capacity of conveniently storing data elsewhere. Hospitals worldwide are eager to adopt the technology and improve their efficiency.

Now for the bad news: developed countries, such as the United States and the United Kingdom, will likely see little to none of this growth — at least for a while. The economic recession has made it much less attractive for cloud computing companies to invest in such big markets at these, which now concentrate on slashing budgets and spending conservatively.

Instead, cloud suppliers are focusing their efforts on up-and-coming economic climates, like those that continue to steadily grow in India and Taiwan, which are a bit more accepting of a promising yet radical concept as cloud. Speaking of India, the country so deeply believes in cloud computing that the state has actually taken ownership of a company, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (or BSNL), that has recently launched cloud data centers for healthcare in six cities nationwide, including Mumbai and Jaipur. This news couples with a boom in the number of cloud companies that specialize in storing Electronic Medical Records for hospitals, as indicated by the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information.

For the pharmaceutical sector, professional opinion on the cloud’s potential helpfulness for research and development has skyrocketed. In biology, for instance, cloud computing seems like an advantageous method of managing a boon in data resulting from deeper scholarship in DNA sequencing. Completing sets of data in such an enormous endeavor generates entirely too much data for one computer to hold. Enter the cloud, which not only houses that data, but also frees up researchers to conduct more expansive clinical trials and communicate more effectively with others in the same (or a disparate but still relevant) field.

By Jeff Norman

About Jeff Norman

Jeff Norman is a freelance writer currently based in New York City. He's moved into writing about cloud computing from substantial work in culture and the arts. He earned his undergraduate degree in English at Stanford and has studied at Oxford and Cambridge.

View All Articles

Sorry, comments are closed for this post.

Comics
Lavabit, Edward Snowden and the Legal Battle For Privacy

Lavabit, Edward Snowden and the Legal Battle For Privacy

The Legal Battle For Privacy In early June 2013, Edward Snowden made headlines around the world when he leaked information about the National Security Agency (NSA) collecting the phone records of tens of millions of Americans. It was a dramatic story. Snowden flew to Hong Kong and then Russia to avoid deportation to the US,…

Staying on Top of Your Infrastructure-as-a-Service Security Responsibilities

Staying on Top of Your Infrastructure-as-a-Service Security Responsibilities

Infrastructure-as-a-Service Security It’s no secret many organizations rely on popular cloud providers like Amazon and Microsoft for access to computing infrastructure. The many perks of cloud services, such as the ability to quickly scale resources without the upfront cost of buying physical servers, have helped build a multibillion-dollar cloud industry that continues to grow each…

Three Tips To Simplify Governance, Risk and Compliance

Three Tips To Simplify Governance, Risk and Compliance

Governance, Risk and Compliance Businesses are under pressure to deliver against a backdrop of evolving regulations and security threats. In the face of such challenges they strive to perform better, be leaner, cut costs and be more efficient. Effective governance, risk and compliance (GRC) can help preserve the business’ corporate integrity and protect the brand,…

Cloud Security Risks: The Top 8 According To ENISA

Cloud Security Risks: The Top 8 According To ENISA

Cloud Security Risks Does cloud security risks ever bother you? It would be weird if it didn’t. Cloud computing has a lot of benefits, but also a lot of risks if done in the wrong way. So what are the most important risks? The European Network Information Security Agency did extensive research on that, and…

Cloud-Based or On-Premise ERP Deployment? Find Out

Cloud-Based or On-Premise ERP Deployment? Find Out

ERP Deployment You know how ERP deployment can improve processes within your supply chain, and the things to keep in mind when implementing an ERP system. But do you know if cloud-based or on-premise ERP deployment is better for your company or industry? While cloud computing is becoming more and more popular, it is worth…

Four Trends Driving Demand For Data Security In 2017

Four Trends Driving Demand For Data Security In 2017

Data Security Trends 2017 will be a hallmark year for security in the enterprise as all industries have reached a tipping point with respect to cloud and mobile adoption, forcing more and more data beyond the corporate firewall. Over 100 IT executives weighed in on their plans for 2017 in our latest survey; buried among…

Digital Identity Trends 2017 – Previewing The Year Ahead

Digital Identity Trends 2017 – Previewing The Year Ahead

Digital Identity Trends 2017 The lack of security of the Internet of Things captured public attention this year as massive distributed denial of service attacks took down much of the internet. The culprits? Unsecured connected devices that were easily accessed and manipulated to do the bidding of shadowy hackers. When you can’t access Netflix anymore,…

Digital Twin And The End Of The Dreaded Product Recall

Digital Twin And The End Of The Dreaded Product Recall

The Digital Twin  How smart factories and connected assets in the emerging Industrial IoT era along with the automation of machine learning and advancement of artificial intelligence can dramatically change the manufacturing process and put an end to the dreaded product recalls in the future. In recent news, Samsung Electronics Co. has initiated a global…

Moving Your Email To The Cloud? Beware Of Unintentional Data Spoliation!

Moving Your Email To The Cloud? Beware Of Unintentional Data Spoliation!

Cloud Email Migration In today’s litigious society, preserving your company’s data is a must if you (and your legal team) want to avoid hefty fines for data spoliation. But what about when you move to the cloud? Of course, you’ve probably thought of this already. You’ll have a migration strategy in place and you’ll carefully…