The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – The Crystal Ball
The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Deconstruction
The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Best Friend

“The Dr.’s Tablet Will See You Now”

“The Dr.’s Tablet Will See You Now”

Health care is as much about Information Management as it is about patient diagnostics. Whenever a patient interacts with a health care professional, there is a record made of the encounter.

This benefits the patient, because his course of treatment is tracked and monitored, helping to ensure that no steps are missed or forgotten. The same benefit reaches to the Health Care professional as well, enabling them to more efficiently do their job and treat more patients.

Electronic computers have become more than labor saving devices, they are an indispensable tool of everyday life which have practically replaced the work that has traditionally been done using paper and pencil. In many ways the tablet computer is latest step in the evolution of portable computing. On the surface they would appear to be a natural fit for medical professionals.

Doctors, COWs, and Tablets

Not everything is quite as it appears, however. Tablet computing has not been as universally accepted in the hospital environment as would be expected. Dr.s can and do make use of computers to record their notes of patient examinations, for example. Over the last decade or so the most common interface has been with “computers on wheels” or COWs, or some sort of laptop application.

COWs and laptops are subject to the obvious limitations of full sized (or nearly full sized) Windows based computers; they are somewhat slow in addition to their physical size. However, they are thought to be very secure. In fact, compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is based on full sized computers.

Portability And Accountability

HIPAA is primarily designed to protect patient confidentiality and privacy. Medical facilities which break privacy protocols can find themselves subject to fines. Until recently, the most popular of the tablet computers, the Apple iPad, was considered to not be HIPAA compliant.

Medical IT professionals site the statistic that 40% of all HIPAA Privacy breaches are the result of mobile device usage. However, closer examination reveals that the greatest portion of these breaches are from unencrypted lost or stolen laptops.

As it turns out, thanks to native security features of the iPad, the tablet is more than HIPAA compliant, and Android based tablets have the potential to be even more secure in the medical environment.

As Electronic Health Record Systems (EHRS) come on line, less and less patient data is actually stored locally. In many cases, patient data is being handled by a Cloud based system, usually incorporating a Software as a Service (SaaS) application handling not only record management, but security as well.

By Pete Knight

Sorry, comments are closed for this post.

Recent

The E-Learning Market – Cloud Computing Adoption

The E-Learning Market – Cloud Computing Adoption

The E-Learning Market  We’ve talked a fair bit about e-Learning and MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) technologies here on CloudTweaks over the past number of years. The industry is expected to continue to grow at a brisk pace as more and more firms and educational institutions start to adopt cloud based services.  Docebo has an excellent…

Big Data, Business Intelligence And The Programming Language “R”

Big Data, Business Intelligence And The Programming Language “R”

Why Your Next Business Intelligence Hire Will Use R As anyone working in the field knows, business intelligence is an evolving landscape. New technologies, combined with a rapidly expanding marketplace, are disrupting legacy solutions and established platforms. Despite such growth, however, there have been a few constants, such as the R programming language. As other…

Beyond Gaming: Three Practical Applications For Oculus Rift

Beyond Gaming: Three Practical Applications For Oculus Rift

Three Practical Applications For Oculus Rift  Since the announcement of the Oculus Rift in 2012 gamers and game developers alike have been frenzied trying to both get their hands on the unit or build their own proprietary VR machine. The VR gold rush has since lead to the announcement of Project Morpheus from Sony and…

Popular

5 Mistakes That Adversely Impact Seamless Cloud Migration

5 Mistakes That Adversely Impact Seamless Cloud Migration

There is absolutely no doubt migrating a section of your IT assets, non-core business processes or the entire spectrum of business systems to the cloud makes immense sense. There are plenty of business benefits linked to cloud computing; most astute businesses are using cloud computing in some capacity or other and if you aren’t doing…

The Global Rise of Cloud Computing

The Global Rise of Cloud Computing

The Global Rise of Cloud Computing Despite the rapid growth of cloud computing, the cloud still commands a small portion of overall enterprise IT spending. Estimates I’ve seen put the percentage between 5% and 10% of the slightly more than $2 trillion (not including telco) spent worldwide in 2014 on enterprise IT. Yet growth projections…

Three Factors for Choosing Your Long-term Cloud Strategy

Three Factors for Choosing Your Long-term Cloud Strategy

Choosing Your Long-term Cloud Strategy A few weeks ago I visited the global headquarters of a large multi-national company to discuss cloud strategy with the CIO. I arrived 30 minutes early and took a tour of the area where the marketing team showcased their award winning brands. I was impressed by the digital marketing strategy…

The Cloud Above Our Home

The Cloud Above Our Home

Our Home – Moving All Things Into The Cloud The promise of a smart home had excited the imagination of the movie makers long ago. If you have seen any TV shows in the nineties or before, the interpretation presented itself to us as a computerized personal assistant or a robot housekeeper. It was smart,…

Cloud Infographic – Monetizing Internet Of Things

Cloud Infographic – Monetizing Internet Of Things

Monetizing Internet Of Things There are many interesting ways in which companies are looking to connect devices to the cloud. From the vehicles to kitchen appliances the internet of things is already a $1.9 trillion dollar market based on research estimates from IDC. Included is a fascinating infographic provided by AriaSystems which shows us some of the exciting…

Sponsored Posts

How CYOD Helps Make Hybrid Cloud More Productive And More Secure

How CYOD Helps Make Hybrid Cloud More Productive And More Secure

How CYOD Helps Make Hybrid Cloud More Productive and More Secure Recent analysis by IDG/DELL has found that companies are expecting “increased IT efficiencies” and “lowering total cost of ownership (TCO) with optimized application delivery” as they move toward hybrid cloud and private cloud deployment. In short, they expect things to work better and cost…

Cloud Logo Sponsors

hp Logo CityCloud-PoweredByOpenstack-Bluesquare_logo_100x100-01
cisco_logo_100x100 vmware citrix100
Site 24x7


Contributor Spotlight

Established in 2009, CloudTweaks is recognized as one of the leading influencers in cloud computing, big data and internet of things (IoT) information. Our goal is to continue to build our growing information portal, by providing the best in-depth articles, interviews, event listings, whitepapers, infographics and much more.

Branded Content Programs

Advertising