Posted on: 26 September 2018
With the rise of digital imaging and electronic health records, many healthcare settings must have sophisticated networks to manage patient care and remain HIPAA compliant. The private cloud is another resource available in healthcare settings that has the enhanced security needed, while offering additional benefits to allow healthcare settings to improve patient care.
Lack Of On-Site Hardware
The private cloud eliminates the need to have dedicated hardware on-site. Not only does this reduce the space within your facility that must be allocated for large servers, it also reduces the burden on employees who must manage your hardware. This task is managed by the company you use for your private cloud services and any problems that occur day or night can be managed promptly. You will likely have on-site employees responsible for other network tasks or have contractors who are capable of managing the network if a problem arises. Not having hardware on-site means weather, power surges, or other unpredictable events are less likely to ruin your network and make patient information inaccessible and hinder timely care.
In many hospital settings, healthcare professionals are able to review patient records, see the results of imaging tests, or send orders to the pharmacy, all with a tablet or other mobile device. When information is kept on a private cloud, it allows healthcare providers to become more mobile within their environment and not find themselves tethered to a computer. Similarly, the same cloud can be accessed in mobile care settings, such as in the field or in mobile clinics. This level of accessibility can mean more people in areas that lack traditional healthcare settings, or those in cases of widespread disaster, can receive faster and higher-quality care.
Patient information and computer programs used in the healthcare setting can be run exclusively from the cloud, making this information more secure. Traditionally, health records and other sensitive information had to be stored locally. There is the risk that some sensitive information could be left on a device within the hospital, such as a computer. When patient information stays on the private cloud, there is less risk of the information falling into the wrong hands or otherwise being compromised. Since a private cloud is a dedicated service, there is less need to utilize software programs, website hosting, or other services from another company, which further increases security.
Healthcare settings that continue to use traditional servers and storage methods will find the private cloud offers many advantages. Private cloud services are ideal in the healthcare environment due to enhanced security and portability of information and software.Share