Cloud-based services could very well be the future of healthcare IT.
In recent years and with growing speed, “the cloud” has stormed the technology world. Its use and inherent values have affected a wide array of industries, as well as the average consumer using the Internet at home. People with Apple or Amazon accounts are already participating in cloud computing at a rapidly growing rate.
And yet awareness and understanding of the cloud still varies widely within health care.
A physician’s exposure may be limited to television ads touting the benefits of archiving photographs and other content online. A hospital CIO, by contrast, is more likely to have direct familiarity with cloud computing, as it has been promoted as a cost-effective technology to replace aging legacy systems. As a recent article in the Harvard Business Review reported, “Over time the economics of building and running a technology infrastructure will favor the cloud over on-premise computing.”
Why is the world moving rapidly to cloud computing? And what exactly does “cloud computing” mean?
In short, cloud computing refers to working with content that’s available at a shared online location, rather than a personal disk drive or server. All software and information is stored exclusively on an online network (and referred to as “in the cloud”) with the Internet as the point of access for all users.
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