The Cloud Technology Use Case for the Healthcare Industry

Healthcare TechnologyCloud technology has many use cases across a variety of industries and that number continues to grow. At KeyInfo alone we service the healthcare, education, software, logistics, transportation, retail, environmental industries and more. While legacy applications work for some, others look for a more modern, hybrid cloud approach. Regardless of the issue, there is a solid chance that cloud technology can fill the need.

Nowhere is this more apparent than in the healthcare space. As Jeff Rivkin, IDC’s research director of payer IT strategies states, “Cloud-based technology opens doors to much broader capabilities than those that are typically found in a similar solution delivered through on-premises systems.” A fundamental premise of healthcare IT is that medical knowledge can be systematically rendered into executable decision making to support the clinical care process. To successfully execute this process, information must be accessible in a knowledge base, be linkable to patient data in electronic records, and leveraged to inform clinicians and patients about data driven clinical implications and treatment options.

Use Case for Cancer Research

Within the last few years, the amount of data generated and deposited in publicly available databases exploded. Today, cancer researchers are using this data to extract information for diagnosis, classification, prognosis and therapeutic guidance, leading to the improvement of immunotherapy and vaccines.

Cloud Computing aids in this process by providing a web-accessible platform offering sophisticated visualization for exploratory analysis for use by immunologists, clinicians and bioinformatics researchers. These platforms offer numerous benefits including user identity management, file management, systems management, application deployment, metadata database, alongside the benefits of lower maintenance costs, quick and flexible deployment and dynamic scaling to accommodate user load.

Will these trends continue?

As cloud technology continues to mature, so has the use of advanced technologies in the healthcare space. Some examples include Blockchain, advanced applications, software platforms and faster information technology. Blockchain has changed how hospitals handle private information while advanced software and applications have allowed for faster and more efficient patient care. Jay Goldberg of Banyan Hill writes, “This kind of improved productivity and effectiveness is why health care providers spent $10.8 billion on data systems in 2018. And that spending is expected to grow to $13.6 billion in 2019 — a 26.1% increase in just one year.”

 

If you’re interested in learning more about KeyInfo and our healthcare clients, visit our Healthcare Page.

 

Brandon Apelian
Marketing Coordinator
Key Information Systems