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Why the Cloud is the Future for Healthcare

As the pandemic prolongs, we find ourselves looking for connections in a world that runs virtually. And as the health sector falls in need of innovation and new technology to adapt to the sudden surges, the importance of the Cloud comes into light. In the face of a major crisis, cloud providers and technologists strive relentlessly to make healthcare better.

Although, these changes don’t happen overnight. Just as how the banking industry gradually migrated to the cloud, it is only a matter of time before the healthcare sector reaps the benefits of digitization. Even though there are concerns for security, compliance, and potential technological problems that might affect important data, the advantages of a synchronized and more accurate data management greatly overpower these issues. Much more, the effectiveness of cloud computing in handling sensitive data with little to no problems have been proven in its migration of the financial industry.

But, what exactly are the reasons why Cloud is considered to be the future, not only of how we operate as a society, but as well as in healthcare?

What the Cloud does

Easy access to data is one of the most important aspect in healthcare, and with cloud, healthcare workers can share these data between colleagues, all the while making sure this information are accurate and concise. Most healthcare facilities have been dependent to on premise data storage, and these outdated infrastructures often cause them precious time and brings the risk of frequent errors.

The cloud provides healthcare professionals easy access to all real-time and verifiable data, collaboration tools, remote meetings, and many more. Some cloud products like PocketWiSE SFE also enables them to maintain social distancing through contact-less call confirmations, interactive and paperless detailing aids, and synchronized analytics through the app itself. With these tools, healthcare workers are given access to detailed information electronically – may it be a patient’s health record, test results, prescriptions and/or imaging – all made available anytime, anywhere.

Related: PocketWiSE Sales Force Effectiveness (SFE) is the flagship mobile solution of eScience which is used by 70+ pharmaceutical companies in the Philippines. Know more about it: https://www.negosyonline.com/projects/pocketwise-sales-force-effectiveness-(sfe)

Data-driven decisions based on these information sets are necessary for doctors to spot patterns, or uncover insights, and with their data visualized through digitization, accessing this relevant information are made easier for them. Much more, remote communication provides greater safety for both our healthcare professionals and their patients, enabling them to consult with their doctors from the own comfort of their homes. Fewer people in the facilities result to less chances of spreading the virus, and ultimately, will give professionals better control over infections.

Some cloud products provide automatic call reports, which can easily record and compute call performance such as visit frequencies and material inventories. PocketWiSE SFE is also integrated with Zoom, making it more accessible and available to professionals, as well as a viable option for their patients.

Its Cost Benefits

Migrating to the cloud also has cost benefits. For example, Radiology departments can reduce storage costs and use the image sharing feature of the cloud applications to relay information. You can also save time and effort by communicating through the application, instead of having radiologists or other professionals come to the establishment to read scans- more especially in our time today wherein distancing is what’s called for. Inefficient practices are then brought into light as we look for solutions on how to minimize physical contact as much as possible.

How it’s safe

When handling data as important as this, most healthcare institutions raise an eyebrow towards cloud computing. While making information accessible anywhere and at any time, it does bring up a lot of disadvantages that may have them thinking twice. Security problems and threats are brought up, and many cloud providers understand where this doubt comes from.

Although, as institutions – ranging from large enterprises up to financial sectors – gradually move to the cloud, it’s safe to assume that they are slowly ensuring themselves that shared cloud infrastructures are just as safe as those on premise. The advantages of moving to the cloud ultimately falls on its convenience and being cost-effective, but if we’re going to talk about how safe it is, it all depends on how credible your cloud provider is.

Cloud providers with healthcare experiences may give you more assurance on how they can operate your data effective, therefore it’s also important to look into your provider before jumping in on it. Or, if you still aren’t that sure, you can always opt for a hybrid data center (public and private on prem) and work your way from there.

How it’s changing the norms

While sharing of healthcare data from across the globe mainly only happened during researches, the current pandemic made it necessary for professionals to share all the different findings in order to make up of a solution from there. Healthcare professionals from various countries can now trade massive data sets with each other through cloud-based collaborative tools, essentially enabling them to have one perspective on our current situation.

These types of collaborations can spark breakthroughs in sciences, and speed up the process of finding a cure. With cloud-based collaboration tools, we are able to collect more patient information than ever before, and with these collated data at hand, healthcare professionals are able to make better decisions down the line.

By now, moving to the digital platform is inevitable, even for sectors such as the healthcare industry. Although most of their work still requires them to physically risk themselves, this is only a small step in trying to provide them ease. Of course, the whole world will need to work hand-in-hand to eradicate this virus, but these new technologies are built to help our healthcare professionals in their everyday battles.

Little by little, we are hoping to see greater achievements and innovations that continues to make life easier for us. With the help of the cloud, we allow these achievements gradually surface through speed and efficiency.

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