May 24, 2017

HIT Think Why the healthcare cloud lacks comprehensive capabilities



There are claims that the healthcare cloud has arrived. Just about any healthcare outlet you can think of has dedicated significant time and effort to explaining what this cloud looks like and that using it is financially beneficial.

However, after you study the contentions and assess where cloud computing is within healthcare, a clearer picture emerges.

Yes, some aspects of healthcare are increasingly relying on the cloud. However, the idea that this is a singular, comprehensive “healthcare cloud” that is here already is not true. What there are, based on all of the claims, is that core components of a healthcare cloud exist, but more needs to be done to realize healthcare’s full cloud potential. It appears that what healthcare opinion leaders mean when they discuss the healthcare cloud are four types of so-called healthcare clouds that currently exist, none of which are the comprehensive cloud envisioned.

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