Cloud Communications No Longer a Dream for Medical Field
July 18, 2014
Cloud communications have certainly helped organizations when it comes to using data and keeping costs down. With the cloud being a highly secure, location-independent solution, it offers options that far outweigh traditional IT services, and thus it makes for an attractive option for computing and communications needs. Not every industry is on board with cloud communications, particularly the medical field, although we are beginning to see the pendulum swing the other way.
Forbes has the story about DICOM Grid, a company that announced its funding round. Why is this a big deal? For one, DICON Grid is a medical imaging company that leverages the cloud so that health providers can share images with colleagues and, yes, even patients, thus saving time and improving care.
According to Forbes, the Mayo Clinic joins in the $6 million round of funding in addition to Canaan Partners and CHL Medical Partners.
The healthcare industry is under constant pressure to streamline the sharing and availability of information, while at the same time maintaining ever-more-rigorous controls over patient privacy, and of course, reducing costs at the same time. Therefore cloud communications offers some significant opportunities, perhaps even more significant than in many other industries.
Healthcare providers can look at a number of services to help reduce IT management costs and accelerate deployment of new IT processes, but they should consider safety and security when it comes to dealing with sensitive information over a network.
The risks for data in cloud servers are, at their more basic, really no different than for information in traditional infrastructures. The DICOM solution is HIPAA compliant, thus eliminating the concern.
Cloud communications are poised to offer the healthcare industry considerable benefits. As healthcare undergoes changes and transformations, it is important for hospitals and other healthcare offices to understand innovative technologies, which can help support a level and pace of change that may be increasingly required.
Although healthcare was once considered an industry that would not adopt cloud computing due to systemic security, legal, and privacy issues, that no longer seems to be the case. Considering the pressure on budgets and the change within most healthcare organizations, the use of cloud-based platforms is a viable option.
Edited by Rory J. Thompson