Why Is the Cloud So Important for Healthcare?
Mor Mordchaev, Cloud Consultant, IaaS Services
April 21, 2022
Healthcare has seen a dramatic change throughout the Covid pandemic. In the telehealth area alone, operators have seen US revenues of around $3 billion soaring to what McKinsey now estimates is a $250 billion annual opportunity. Nobody really wanted to change so suddenly, but a global pandemic cannot be ignored – healthcare had to change overnight.
Patients don’t want to go back to how services used to be. Why should they be traveling to a clinic or doctor’s office for a routine appointment that could easily take place using an app or video call? Many of the emergency measures adopted during the pandemic were preferred because they save time and reduce patient stress.
Many of these advancements are also great for the medical professionals and the service providers. If a doctor can see more patients in a single day because he or she only needs to flip from one call to the next, with services like automated transcription reducing the amount of post-appointment effort and documentation, then there is a service improvement and a business upside.
Patients and providers have seen that services can be personalized, offered virtually saving everyone time, and by using simple digital tools the providers can actually be more pro-active in identifying problems before they are serious. Even an easily available product like the Apple Watch has a fully functioning ECG monitor that can scan the user constantly and warn about irregularities. Instead of only ever treating the sick, many illnesses can be prevented through earlier intervention.
This is a new era of healthcare that offers more convenience to patients, potentially more revenue to providers, and an opportunity to improve health outcomes.
But this approach also requires a strategic vision for the use of technology.
Healthcare providers need to focus less on their own premises and more on the secure provision of healthcare services from anywhere. This requires a cloud approach to applications, storage, and security.
A Cloud Approach for Healthcare
Using a cloud strategy makes systems more sustainable, cost effective, and far less reliant on physical systems – such as a data center only providing services to a single office environment. As we move more into an environment where Artificial Intelligence and smart Internet of Things sensors become more important, the cloud will become essential for building these flexible solutions.
The future requires smart hospitals, smart clinics, and smart doctor’s offices. All these healthcare environments need to embrace the possibilities offered by services that can be delivered using the cloud as a foundation – for services and security.
It all starts with successful cloud adoption and building this end-to-end solution is where WatServ can help you to maximize value and start building this future-focused healthcare environment. Check our website for more information and examples of how we have helped many clients to embrace the future for their business.
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