The healthcare industry is advancing rapidly and some huge transforming is happing to the healthcare industry with the lining of healthcare industry to cloud. Even though healthcare sector has settle to grow in medium pace, there are certain privacy, security and regulatory concerns exists in lining healthcare industry with cloud computing. There is an expectation that cloud computing in healthcare industry is expected to grow to US$ 5.4 billion by 2017.
In healthcare system, the modernization goes beyond the HER that is electronic health record. Using cloud computing in healthcare industry will span the both clinical applications and non-clinical applications. Cloud computing will also be applied to clinical uses along with the EHR like entry for physician order and software imaging and for the pharmacy use. Whereas, non-clinical uses in billing apps for patients and insurance claims and managing revenue cycles.
Advantages Associated with the Cloud
Using cloud computing in healthcare industry is greatly advantageous to share HER data across various localities. The use of cloud computing and its applications will ensure patients to get treated on time irrespective of location and facilities.
Approximately 60 percent executives from various hospitals said they use cloud to store their data and this includes both emails and clinical software. Healthcare providers of almost 15 percent are already deployed are thinking to deploy their services with the cloud technology. Even they have conflict on what cloud computing in real entail to healthcare providers and efficiency in industry.
What are the various issues that are Holding Back the Cloud?
Whereas some positive thoughts, there might some negative thoughts exists. In cloud computing apart from benefits from prospective, there are some holding backs for healthcare providers to transfer their applications to cloud. Like, for the issues related to health insurance there is an act called health insurance portability and accountability act has delaying to adopt public cloud systems. The concern from their end rises from third parties to host the data.
From the healthcare side, the data should have specific requirements like availability, authorization, access traceability, confidentiality and security, data reversibility and data preservation for long-time.
Making IT systems inter-operable is the one of the source to delay causing cloud technology in healthcare industry. Normally the concern is from the privacy and security end and handing over the damaging effects potentially in healthcare data falling to wrong hands.
As per current market scenario, cloud service providers hold minor market shares and none of them have above 5 percent. Where it has expected to reach US$ 5.4 billion in five years’ time, cloud service providers would have to assure the key industry players on the concerns of data storage, privacy and security and application running from cloud. If cloud service providers can able to assure on the above discussed concerns there is a huge scope for cloud technology apps to rule the market.