The healthcare industry across the world has been increasingly moving towards cloud-based solutions to improve the industrial procedures and to offer a more advanced patient assistance owing to the incredible potential of cloud technology. The healthcare sector in India, which is traditionally perceived to be a bit sluggish in adopting advancements in technology, has also realized the importance of cloud-based solutions. So as to properly utilize the potential of cloud technology, we first need to understand its benefits with regards to the healthcare industry. For instance, cloud-based solutions can help in effectively connecting, coordinating and synchronizing the entire healthcare system starting from hospitals, consultants and even the dispensaries. Moreover, it helps in bringing improvements in various functional and operational areas such as enhanced communication, procurement, employee payroll management, disaster recovery system and inventory management of medicines including essential supplies. It also enables to accumulate and share data such as the patient’s medical condition between medical professionals, which thereby enables them to offer better and personalized care without any delay. An important area wherein cloud based system is of extreme importance is during the period of disasters during which the medical professionals need to get an accurate picture of the available resources, requirement of man power or to get to know the status of the victims to provide the necessary and timely aid. Cloud technology powered mobile applications are enabling medical professionals to remotely monitor and stay updated about the patient’s health condition and at the same time, also allowing patients to transmit details of their condition over the cloud and get suitable medical advice from doctors while staying in the comfort of their homes. There are also various mobile applications available to the general public that provide suggestions to the app user on how to maintain optimal fitness and health based on the data they feed in the app itself. Cloud-based solutions have enabled in delivering enhanced and personalized patient care services with an emphasis on service and quality, and with the help of this web-based computing technology, the entire healthcare system can be effectively synchronized and coordinated. Most importantly, cloud-based systems have immensely helped the various stakeholders of healthcare industry including patients, clinic staff, hospitals and staff to establish effective coordination as information can be transmitted in an easy and user-friendly manner and data can be analysed effectively.
The cloud also acts as a secured data storage platform. The hospitals and diagnostics centers generate huge amount of data on a day-to-day basis and it becomes immensely challenging and difficult to store and analyse the entire data. Cloud-based system makes things a lot easier and the healthcare units can store, harvest and analyze data for medical research with the help of cloud-based solutions. One of the prime difficulties that occurs in storing data on the internal servers is that all of the information may get removed if any natural disaster strikes the company’s premises. However, if this healthcare data is transferred to cloud, then there is no need to worry. The data which is stored on cloud is backed up on multiple servers, which means if a natural disaster or equipment failure occurs, the data is still easily retrievable. As a matter of fact, majority of the cloud service providers possess and manage numerous data centers all across the world, so even if one department or facility is impacted by the disturbance, the information can be recovered easily. The cloud-based platform is extremely instrumental for medical research too as it enables a lot of robust data solutions to stimulate the overall research process. A lot of experts believed that big data used to be far too omnibus for smaller computers to handle, but through the enhanced computing power of the cloud, using these giant data sets for making progress has indeed become a reality. The cloud can also enable an organization to save costs through automation and systemization.
As each technology has its fair share of challenges, cloud is no such exception. Patient information is very crucial and its privacy is of foremost importance and therefore one should select the cloud provider after a thorough background check and research. Besides data security, other challenges include having a skilled team of IT workers and compatibility of various departments. In order to consider cloud-based system for healthcare organizations, the solutions must be adaptable to various departmental and organizational requirements. Many hospital information systems and clinical systems deal with procedures that are critical, and can make the difference between life and death. Therefore, cloud-based solutions for healthcare industry will definitely need to have the absolute highest level of availability and must offer the topmost level of security so as to gain true acceptance in the overall market.