At GridCSP, we are helping to drive innovation in the healthcare industry with cloud computing.
Cloud computing generally involves a third party hosting parts of IT infrastructure that traditionally are hosted in-house. This provides economies of scale and resource sharing to provide larger computing power to one organization than it could otherwise afford on its own. Real-time scalability and quick deployments of new capabilities become a real possibility. Maintenance, security and other typically in-house performed functions become the responsibility of the third party.
What does this mean for healthcare?
Two forms of data security, both required parts of HIPAA compliance, are more readily available in the cloud. Data resiliency – the concept that data will remain accurate and uncorrupted, and that it will be available when required – is ideal in the cloud. Cloud service providers have the capability to build in redundancy in all IT resources, from storage to access, to ensure that resiliency is a reality. Backups can also be guaranteed to ensure that, should a breach of resiliency occur, data can be recovered. Privacy, a far more important HIPAA consideration, is also well managed in the cloud. Cloud providers bring to bear the latest technologies and expertise in their use and maintenance to ensure privacy. The cloud provider is subject to HIPAA auditing to ensure that their own staff has no access, and that other HIPAA security requirements receive strict adherence.
Innovations are another key element to healthcare computing in the cloud. Researchers are able to crunch huge amounts of data, converting them into actionable information and insights. This activity would be impossible without the cloud. Researchers rent large capacity for processing and storage, perform their data mining, and return that power to the cloud, only paying by usage. This capability is already enabling studies that were impossible in the past. The cloud itself is also offering rapid innovations, allowing for lower costs and better functionality over time. Amazon routinely sees price drops with new functionality added.
Mobile technologies – Cloud desktops allow users to access the same applications and data regardless of endpoint device, tablet, phone, laptop or desktop PC all have the same capabilities when desktops and applications are hosted in the cloud. This capability enables collaboration between various roles within a hospital staff, as well as key data availability at the point of care. Partnered organizations can share that capability with no technical barriers as well.
To learn more about cloud computing at the healthcare industry, please contact GridCSP: