Just when hospitals are finally embracing cloud computing, it turns out that they probably should start thinking about edge computing. A new report published by the IEEE Internet of Things Journal makes the case that cloud computing is not an efficient way to process data produced at the edge of the network – exactly where the burgeoning number of IoT and connected medical devices produce it.

In traditional infrastructure, data produced at the edge of the network is transported back to the data center for processing and analysis. The problem is, the volume of IoT devices and data produced often create a bottleneck for cloud-based computing.

With edge computing, data is processed right at the source. Benefits include:

  • Faster results. For example, a clinician can use a tablet to enter patient data into an analytics platform that processes and displays results in near real-time.
  • Collaborative edge. Geographically distributed data from multiple domains or devices can be integrated and shared to enable more informed decision-making and better care.
  • Avoid bandwidth restrictions. Given that a large hospital can have as many as 85,000 connected medical and IoT devices, data is increasingly being produced at the edge in quantities too large to be passed to the cloud.

Find out more about how edge computing can help you more quickly get your clinicians the data they need to deliver high quality patient care.

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