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In the healthcare sector as a whole, there has been a recent rise in the use of cloud technology. By 2022, it’s estimated that the global market for cloud technologies in the industry will reach $35 billion.

First and foremost, those in healthcare are looking at the possibility of how cloud computing can improve patient care. Cloud computing can facilitate this goal by improving communication and collaboration between doctors. When a patient is being seen by multiple medical professionals and facilities, it can hinder progress if those professionals aren’t working as a cohesive team to efficiently treat the patient with current data. As artificial intelligence and machine learning continue to be further incorporated into the programs, there is endless opportunity for creating a system that leads to more efficient management of patient data. 

Another benefit is the cost savings. Currently, many healthcare institutions spend so much money maintaining their current IT system that their budget can’t incorporate innovation. Because cloud computing is run on the basis of a subscription, it’s not necessary to purchase expensive new systems and equipment, making the transition more cost-effective than past options for improvement. The scalability of the cloud-based systems are also a benefit because facilities can adapt the technology to meet increases and decreases in patient flow.

By the end of 2019, it’s expected that healthcare data breaches will cost $4 billion. The inefficiency of current systems have a few root causes. The first is the lack of an adequate IT budget. In all fairness, it is sometimes less attractive to pour money into something that doesn’t generate revenue, especially when there are so many other departments who need the budget. However, the long-term investment could save money when looking at the big picture. This brings me to my second point. One major issue contributing to cyberattacks is that some healthcare companies feel pressured to choose a vendor quickly, so they don’t always take the time to weigh their options and select the best-suited vendor. Additionally, most hospitals and medical facilities operate without a dedicated security executive or full-time cybersecurity employees to monitor anything in-house or have a deeper understanding of the processes.  

One goal of cloud services is to boost this security for healthcare providers. When data is kept on-premises, there is a chance it could fail and the data will be lost. Cloud computing allows for easier access while implementing backups and disaster recovery options, minimizing the potential for a security breach. 

Choosing the right technology for managing patient data isn’t a decision that should be taken lightly, so it’s always best to weigh the pros and cons for each individual facility.