Cloud computing in the healthcare sector: 4 things to think about in 2020

Cloud computing in the healthcare sector: 4 things to think about in 2020

Today, there’s no way to run a modern healthcare practice without the right blend of technology and process. At the same time, meeting the demands of compliance isn’t getting any easier, and the threats facing the sector are increasing all the time.

Fortunately, implementing the right technology strategy can transform your organization for the better. Cloud computing and managed services will undoubtedly play a major role in that transformation. With an on-demand data network overseen by experts who understand your industry, you’ll be better positioned to offer improved patient care and workforce productivity.
Here are four trends to consider for 2020 and beyond:

#1. Data automation

Making the wrong technology choices can easily leave you in a worse position than when you started by increasing the burden on your team and driving attention away from what matters most — the well-being of your patients. Trying to take care of everything in-house is usually expensive for all but the largest organizations, especially given the need to meet the same stringent security, privacy, and compliance standards.

To overcome the challenges, more healthcare providers are looking toward data automation empowered by the scalable compute power and storage of the cloud. As the industry moves away from physical records, automated data collection will inevitably become the new norm.

#2. Information security

Every networked system presents a degree of risk, and attack surfaces are larger than ever given the rise of remotely hosted cloud resources and employee- and business-owned mobile devices. In other words, the number of potential access points hackers might try to exploit is growing higher every year. With healthcare data breaches now costing an average of $380 per compromised record, according to a Ponemon study, it’s more important than ever to get a handle on security.

Migrating to the cloud can itself be a risky move, particularly as data can easily be left exposed in transit or by mismanaging access rights. That’s why it’s becoming more important to keep complete audit trails of where your data lives and who has access to it. Working with the right cloud partner can give you the oversight you need to keep everything safe.

#3. Regulatory compliance

HIPAA legislation might be more than 20 years old, but a lot of healthcare providers aren’t as prepared to meet the demands of the law as they’d like to hope. Any major change to systems and operations requires a compliance review, otherwise you could unwittingly find yourself in breach of the law. When it comes to cloud computing, the process gets even more complicated since you need to ensure that all your technology partners are also HIPAA-compliant.

As the talent drought in information security and compliance worsens, healthcare providers are under increasing pressure to make the right partnerships and ensure they sign up-to-date business associate agreements. The lack of availability of specialized talent, especially in cases where budgets are limited, continues to slow cloud adoption. You can overcome this by finding an IT provider that’s specialized in healthcare.

#4. IoT support

The so-called Internet-of-Things (IoT) loosely refers to a huge range of internet-connected devices that aren’t necessarily computers in the traditional sense. In the medical sector, IoT might include internet-connected patient-tracking devices, medical hardware, and anything else that’s connected to the network. Naturally, many of these devices will store or transmit sensitive information.

IoT provides many opportunities for helping you streamline your operations and improve patient care. But to take advantage without adding risk, you’ll need to incorporate IoT into your cloud migration strategy. With IoT now generating multiple terabytes of data even in small organizations, the scalability and flexibility of the cloud are only going to become more important.

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