Cloud adoption continues to grow as healthcare CIOs want to abandon expensive data centers and be able to meet the data storage demands of doctors and nurses. A recent article for Healthcare Informatics stated the cloud allows hospitals to avoid the costs of acquiring and maintaining hardware, as well as help IT staff focus on other tasks. With a cloud environment, healthcare organizations can experience several efficiencies; they just need to figure out the right deployment.
The answer may lie in the hybrid cloud. A new study from Infonetics Research showed that a mix between a private and public setting has gained traction due to the increasing number of enterprises interested in the deployment.
"Hybrid cloud is the next evolution in cloud architecture, with adoption among enterprises expected to more than double by 2015," said Cliff Grossner, directing analyst for data center and cloud at Infonetics Research.
Cost savings aren't the only benefit of the cloud
While hospitals will quickly notice that their IT budgets are freed up after investing in the cloud, there are several other reasons why CIOs are interested in migrating to the cloud. Doctors and nurses can carry out healthcare inventory management with our JumpStock solution. Users simply need to scan a barcode with their smartphones or tablets, and administrative tasks can be completed automatically.
The cloud is also known to improve IT performance, agility and scalability, according to the Infonetics study. Shifting to the cloud gives healthcare CIOs the opportunity to experience a wide range of benefits other than cost reduction. Taking advantage of the online storage solution is sure to allow hospitals to experience a large return on investment.
Improve data storage with the cloud
As technology continues to get smarter, more hospitals will begin to embrace electronic medical records that can be viewed on tablets and virtualized computers. To be able to store all of that patient data, and not heighten investments in data centers, CIOs are looking to the cloud. One example is Kirk Larson, vice president and CIO of Children's Hospital Central California, in Madera, Calif.
"In our case, the importance of virtualizing is what drove us to the private cloud," Larson told Healthcare Informatics. "That enables us to keep our footprint to a reasonable size. Our data centers have not expanded at nearly the rate they had before virtualization, so there is an economic driver there."
However, Larson believes that IT departments at today's hospitals don't all need to leverage the cloud for the same things. Keeping this in mind, CIOs will have to decide on a cloud deployment that will meet the needs of doctors and nurses at their facilities, as well as administrative workers who are responsible for managing patient data.
"Once you tick off the business requirements, then it is up to the IT organization to architect a solution to accommodate those," Larson said. "It is important to come up with a solution in the organization that works."