“The inevitable change”
Before cloud computing it was bulky, expensive, money consuming physical servers which were so hard to maintain and to operate.
In short, technology was not proceeding with the correct pace owing to the weight it has to carry.
With the arrival of cloud computing, there was an unbelievable change and advancement in technology. It gave a huge amount of thrust to the technological advancement of the new age.
What cloud computing did was it changed the face of the world that we know now. From mobile phones to large factory cloud computing became an integral part of the technological advancement of mankind.
Now Cloud computing has evolved into the much more complex and has been intricately woven into the lives of people and technology.
The Same advancement has also happened with medical sector due to cloud computing.
However, they were reluctant at first in embracing technology owing to security issues. As soon as they realized the potential of cloud computing it became an integral part of the industry.
Let’s go through this detailed analysis of the concept and how it helped medical sector.
What is Cloud Computing?
In a cloud computing system physical computer services such as servers, storage, analysis, management, networking etc. can be rented from the internet.
Companies which offer these services will sell it and those who are interested can buy in accordance with their need. In short, people who buy this service can either upgrade or downgrade within no time and that too inexpensively.
What are the types of cloud services?
- Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS): infrastructures like servers, virtual machines, storage etc. can be bought from a provider on the internet. Payment of the service will be strictly based on the service.
- Platform as a Service(PaaS): In this type of service an entire environment will be available for rent. Mostly used in testing, developing, delivering, and managing of the software.
- Software as a Service:(SaaS): An entire software will be available on the internet basically on a subscription basis. Upgrades, maintenance, etc will be carried out by the host.
What does Cloud Computing do in Health Care Management?
Securing Data: It is indeed true that cloud based services were looked upon with suspicion regarding their safety. But the providers of the services were able to deliver impeccable security features and earned people’s trust as time passed by.
Besides this, regular updates, protection from (viruses, hackers, malware’s )etc. are done by the software development team to ensure maximum safety and good user experience.
However, Even if there is an attack a cloud based system has the ability to shut itself down or a part of it to prevent further damage.
Resource Management: Ability to integrate with multiple systems enable cloud computing to retrieve data, manage and then process it to come up with astonishing results.
Since data is collected and managed in a single pool, The user does not need individual access. By doing so a great deal of time can be saved.
Future Proofing: EHR(Electronic Health Record) can be stored in a cloud system and can be used for calculation as well as analysis in accordance with the inputs that have been fed to the system irrespective of time.
Cost Reduction: Lots of administrative tasks can be carried out by a cloud system without any physical assistance. Thus the efficiency of the hospital will increase and a fair amount of money can be saved.
Managing the Information system: The data collected by an information system will be processed in a cloud computing system to come up with excellent results. Collaborative development, cross-platform, compatibility, and integration of the system etc. are the forte of this section.
What are the benefits of cloud computing in Health Care management?
- Cloud makes it easy to share medical record across hospitals or even doctors so that better medical care will be delivered to patients.
- Offers impeccable security and reduced cost to the hospitals
- Alleviates work load of staff and increases the efficiency
- Large data base of cloud services will be useful for research purposes
- Patients can interact with doctors in internet world
- Health care will be available even for remote locations
- Fast diagnosis, test results, efficient emergency service management etc promises improved health care to the people.