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The COVID-19 pandemic initiated a realization for most about why good health is the most precious asset one can own. While people finally realized the same, the healthcare infrastructure in place could not cope with the demand spike in most countries.

Fears of the virus transmission resulted in hospitals admitting only patients requiring critical care. Digital channels primarily managed the rest. This was a fundamental transformation that the sector could always benefit from.

Healthcare organizations have always welcomed the technology-driven mutation of their services. Still, over the past couple of decades, there hasn’t been much progress from the days of electronic medical records (EMRs) becoming a mainstream facet of modern healthcare.

Shifting to the Cloud

The pandemic threw light into potential areas of digital disruption in the healthcare sector, but for most decision-makers in the industry – the question of where and how to start remains at large.

The best answer to this dilemma is to explore the world of cloud computing. The pandemic has resulted in several healthcare leaders emphasizing increased leverage of SaaS solutions for running the show.

In fact, Accenture’s survey found that nearly 66% of healthcare executives are expected to transition their core technology infrastructure into the cloud in 2022 alone.

As the pace of digitization soars in the healthcare sector, cloud computing is poised to be the clear forerunner in enabling healthcare organizations to achieve digital excellence.

To that end, here are five reasons why we believe the future of healthcare is in the cloud.

Elimination of Legacy Bottlenecks

Building the next generation of assisted patient services, where patient data from their EMR guide doctors and caregivers, requires a paradigm shift in how technology is perceived in the sector.

Applications built on top of legacy systems can no longer be relied upon for making critical decisions as they have a higher risk of failure and are susceptible to erroneous data management.

Healthcare providers will need to spend considerable time and money on resolving legacy system conflicts and dependencies. Moving to modern SaaS-based operations solutions can easily rectify this challenge.

The cloud infrastructure offers unparalleled scalability, data management, and integration capabilities. This allows healthcare organizations to build a connected network of systems that handle multiple facets of their business.

Doctors can access patients’ EMR data securely, inspect their past behavior, health records, and much more from anywhere, thanks to cloud integration.

Customization Flexibility

When transitioning to a cloud environment, healthcare organizations have a lot of options to flexibly configure their desired service workflows and application management policies. This allows them to build powerful custom EMR solutions on the cloud and enable multiple departments or even hospital branches to use their digital infrastructure when the business expands.

They can set automated backend workflows to help reconcile information and data management between different departments or even amongst various facilities. All these can be built easily and quickly on a cloud infrastructure.

Lower Cost of Operations

One of the prime reasons behind the rapid adoption rate of the cloud in the healthcare sector is cost savings. By migrating from expensive one-time software licenses to a more streamlined subscription model of costs, healthcare organizations can get access to world-class digital services at a fraction of their capital expenditures or budgets.

Building a Sturdy Communication Backbone

During the pandemic, there was a massive boom in telemedicine and telehealth services. And a good majority of patients are likely to favor telemedicine in the future when the pandemic eventually disappears.

This remote medical care facility allowed hospitals to build new revenue streams without incurring substantial capital expenditures. From a profitability standpoint, hospitals can set up remote conferences or telemedicine facilities wherein their expert panel of doctors can examine and treat patients remotely, even in faraway cities.

Healthcare enterprises can set up an always-available communication backbone by migrating their digital landscape to the cloud. This can facilitate seamless data exchange and storage. Moreover, it can enable the development of new telemedicine and telehealth applications to be accessed from anywhere and easily scalable when demand is high.

Improved Security and Compliance

Medical records and other patient data are perhaps the most sensitive personal credentials any organization will deal with from a customer perspective. So, there absolutely cannot be any compromise on data security measures to prevent any data thefts.

Today, the cloud offers more robust security measures than the commonly used in-house data protection mechanisms. In fact, studies show that 60% of enterprise leaders believe that security is a significant cloud-specific advantage.

In a Nutshell

The healthcare sector is entering an era of the digital-first mode of service, as seen in several other industries. The lessons learned from the rapid adoption of cloud due to the pandemic are a welcome sign of moving to a future where nearly all healthcare innovations will be centered around cloud infrastructure.

This is where healthcare organizations need access to expert guidance and practical advice on how to select and implement the perfect cloud roadmap for their digital systems.

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Nitin Tappe

After successful stint in a corporate role, Nitin is back to what he enjoys most – conceptualizing new software solutions to solve business problems. Nitin is a postgraduate from IIT, Mumbai, India and in his 24 years of career, has played key roles in building a desktop as well as enterprise solutions right from idealization to launch which are adopted by many Fortune 500 companies. As a Founder member of Pratiti Technologies, he is committed to applying his management learning as well as the passion for building new solutions to realize your innovation with certainty.

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