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5 Ways Cloud Computing Is Transforming Healthcare

As a healthcare provider, you’re under pressure to spend less while serving a growing patient population. Meanwhile, your patients want more control, visibility, and access to your staff. It seems like these two goals are at odds, but innovations in cloud computing make both possible. 

The cloud pools your resources to provide more storage and computing power. While the healthcare industry often lags behind others in terms of technological innovation, the cloud is transforming the face of healthcare forever. In fact, healthcare cloud services will be worth $64.7 billion by 2025.

83% of healthcare providers use the cloud to improve the patient experience, save time, and protect their data all while streamlining their operating costs, too. While the cloud has the power to make your operation more efficient, some providers are hesitant to take the leap. Understand how cloud computing is changing healthcare forever—and how it can have a tremendous impact on your own organization. 

1. Cost Savings

Let’s be honest: legacy applications are slowing you down. Plus, their maintenance costs and lagging performance are a huge headache for your team. When healthcare organizations switch to the cloud, they have the flexibility to scale up or down as needed, anytime. With on-demand information available through the cloud, there’s no need to buy your own servers or pay for expensive ongoing maintenance. 

Thanks to the cloud, healthcare providers pay only for the resources they use. As a result, the cloud is often more cost-effective compared to building and maintaining an on-site data center. It’s one of the best ways to manage your resources and reduce the costs of managing your business operations at scale. 

And if your processes or technology change over time, the cloud is flexible enough for you to adjust as you go. Instead of completely overhauling your business every time technology changes, the cloud helps you make the most of your resources over time. 

2. Efficient Systems

The healthcare industry isn’t on the leading edge of digital transformation, but cloud computing is quickly making outdated and clunky systems a thing of the past. Thanks to the cloud, you’ll be able to iterate and improve your systems and applications more quickly for better efficiency. That translates into more bandwidth for your staff, better patient analytics, and speedier office visit times. 

Cloud computing also improves the efficiency of your organization thanks to: 

  • Better integration: You’re likely using several different technologies and platforms to run your organization. With the cloud, all of your applications work together seamlessly. This prevents system slowdowns and gives your team the critical data they need when they need it. 

  • Enhanced communication: Whether it’s appointment scheduling, prescription data, or messages between your staff, the cloud makes it a breeze to exchange messages quickly. Ditch the phone calls: cloud communication makes secure, fast communication possible between all stakeholders for better patient outcomes. 

  • Cleaner data: Is your team sick of inconsistent or messy data? The cloud gives you the power to create a single source of truth for your health records. It also makes your data accessible on laptops, phones, tablets, and other devices for secure mobile access. 

3. Improved Patient Experience

Patients want instant access to their data, personalized approaches to care, and near-immediate answers from your staff. Fortunately, cloud computing gives healthcare organizations the power to meet patients’ expectations.

You can use the cloud to share lab results, collaborate with other physicians, and even interact with patients on their mobile devices. With the cloud, you can securely exchange information with patients and access that data during care. If your patients are tired of filling out forms over and over again, the cloud removes the need for paperwork and improves every patient’s experience with your practice. 

4. Improved Delivery of Telemedicine

Sometimes a patient doesn’t need an in-office visit. Other times, a patient might have a disability or live in a rural area that makes it difficult to access care. Cloud computing allows more healthcare providers to offer telemedicine to an increasing number of patients. 

Telemedicine can be tricky because of patient privacy rules, but with the right cloud setup, your organization can help patients when it matters most. Address low-stakes illnesses like the flu or even conduct surgery follow-ups with this technology. The cloud makes it a breeze to schedule appointments, share data securely, and communicate with patients for better telemedicine. 

5. Healthcare Security

Some healthcare providers are afraid to embrace the cloud because it comes with security concerns. Sure, failure to comply with HIPAA, SOC 2, and other regulatory requirements will open you up to fines, but as long as you follow the rules and secure your data, you have nothing to worry about. 

Thanks to innovations in cloud computing and wider adoption of digital technologies, healthcare data security is more important than ever before. The cloud makes patient data more available, but that comes with the risk of unauthorized access. If your organization isn’t already obsessed with security, moving to the cloud will definitely help you see the importance of locking down your systems. 

The good news is that, when you follow data security best practices, the cloud makes it easier to build redundancies and backups into your system. In this way, data can actually be more secure in the cloud

Join the Cloud

Cloud computing improves the quality of care and makes operations more cost-effective for providers. Done right, the cloud is a true win-win for everyone. The cloud is a fantastic technology, but you need to use it responsibly to improve patient outcomes.

If you want to embrace the cloud but fear how it will affect your compliance, we get it. That’s why Datica helps healthcare providers streamline compliance with HIPAA, HITRUST, SOC 2, and other regulations and security frameworks in the cloud. Get a DCC demo now to see how it works.