We have been talking a lot lately about “cloud computing.” This may sound like some new-fangled idea to suddenly hit the market, but in reality it has been around for quite some time. Let’s take a look at the basics behind cloud computing and why it is so important to the future of healthcare IT.
Cloud computing is basically a way of delivering hosted services via the Internet. Its name comes from the “cloud” image commonly used to represent multiple computers around the world being connected together (i.e. the World Wide Web). These services (or platforms) are hosted on a main server, thus enabling users to log in remotely and avoid installing software on their own computers. The only software needed is a Web browser.
The Internet is everywhere…thanks to Wi-Fi, 3G, and those “can you hear me now” commercials. Cloud computing, as a result, has grown exponentially in recent years. There are lots of cloud computing applications that you probably already use. Some notable applications include Gmail, Amazon.com, Quickbooks Online, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr.com, Blogspot, Google Docs, PayPal, your online bank statements, and more. These platforms or services allow you to access your information from any computer with an Internet connection (without installing the software on your computer).
Banking, entertainment, and personal communications industries have recognized the value of cloud computing. They’ve noticed that individuals and businesses want to be more efficient and more streamlined, and they’ve responded with market-driven solutions. “There’s an app for that,” so to speak.
But in the healthcare IT world, practices have been slow to adopt the cloud technology. The key words are “have been.” Things are changing rapidly, thanks to healthcloud solutions like Case-Connect. The introduction of this new “healthcloud” is being accelerated by increased awareness of benefits, a stronger commitment to improved efficiency, and government initiatives requiring technology upgrades. Electronic Health Records (EHR) and practice management tools are looking to use cloud technologies to get the job done.
We are at the precipice of a new era in healthcare IT. Great things await us as we move forward with new ideas and new technologies. Surgical Data Solutions is poised to stay on the cutting edge as we move forward.
The future is bright and the sun is beginning to shine…through the clouds.