Cloud-Based Solutions Transform Medical Practices


May 17, 2013
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Cloud solutions have grown to be adopted in the medical industry with vendors being HIPAA complaint and no previous security breach instances. A study by the research firm MarketsandMarkets indicate that the healthcare cloud computing market is expected to grow to nearly $5.4 billion by 2017.

Real time access of patient data irrespective of location and device by doctors has also influenced the acceptance of cloud computing in the healthcare segment. Small medical practices’ cannot the handle the cost strain due client-server or legacy technology models. Data protection is challenging for small practices local paper-based or technology-based solutions as they lack the IT resources to drive data protection. These factors have led to the acceptance of cloud computing with small medical practices.

Combinations of cloud and mobile technologies help doctors to quickly pull patient information and medical records thus improving patient care. Doctors can monitor their patient’s activities and care plans. Online medical records storage is the main reason for using cloud computing for most healthcare providers. Cloud storage is easy to scale to manage ever-growing patient data. Cloud solutions help in accurate reimbursement coding minimizing errors and duplicate payments.

Source Credit: http://sandhill.com/article/how-cloud-based-solutions-enable-small-medical-practices-to-transform-to-pay-for-performance-models/; http://www.forbes.com/sites/centurylink/2013/05/02/why-healthcare-must-embrace-cloud-computing/