When it comes to healthcare cloud trends, there are three that I think will be big in the coming year:

  1. Leveraging cloud for HIE and meaningful use Stage 2
  2. Using cloud and hosted technologies for disaster recovery
  3. Putting cloud to work to harness information for analytics and Big Data

Benefits for Big Data

Of the three trends I mention above, #3 has great implications for data storage and organization. Why? Because by moving Big Data sets to the cloud, organizations have a lower cost of entry or a lower barrier to risk when it comes to deploying an analytics model. In addition, they have the scalability to help drive that infrastructure.

Breaking adoption barriers

One of the most frequent objections I hear from customers considering the cloud is that they’re concerned about security. To that, I point out that those breaches we hear about every week are occurring on premise and not in the cloud. It’s not the cloud they need to worry about. To keep data safe, be sure to encrypt data at rest and move PHI offsite, as required by the HITECH Act.

100% of hospitals should have a mobile security strategy in place, and it should include facets like whole disk encryption, network base access controls and MDM.

Aside from security, I’d say the next greatest cloud adoption barrier is simply fear of the unknown. The “this is the way we’ve always done business with on-premise solutions” notion is hard to get past for a lot of organizations that are used to “seeing and touching” their storage. But I assure them that once they’re open to taking the cloud plunge, the benefits can definitely cast a shadow on that fear.

Supporting patient care

In the end, it really comes to down to greater efficiency and ability to provide care. Cloud technologies ultimately allow organizations to be more productive, since they support clinical mobility and the notion of a ubiquitous application experience whether data is accessed on a mobile device, tablet or desktop. This translates to decreased patient wait times and improved decision making, which lead to higher-quality care.

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