Cloud and Clear: Hospitals Transitioning to Cloud Computing Systems

Cloud and Clear Hospitals Transitioning to Cloud Computing Systems

As society adapts to new technological advancements and trends, the need for data reliability and security increases.

This is a problem that many companies amongst a variety of industries face, and the demand for data from external and internal users of hospitals falls under this umbrella as well.

This includes those inside hospitals, such as nurses and doctors, as well as patients and partners logging into portals outside the facilities. There has been a fast expansion of systems and processes integrated into medical centres that will only continue to grow as patient care and technology develops. 

Companies partaking in innovative projects will certainly have higher demands of acquiring financing in the future. 

EVAMAX believes that helping these companies in maximizing potential benefits and having them focus on their core business operations are both an indirect contribution to the booming technology industry. 

The rapid implementation of new applications and systems in hospitals are bound to raise security issues and make it more complex to track data.

Instead of previously solely tracking computers, hospitals now have to analyze a convoluted network of non-centralized servers. The need for data reliability will only increase as the patient care industry advances. 

One possible solution some institutions are already utilizing is outsourcing certain aspects of data management to industry experts.

SickKids, for example, is outsourcing their network management to Telus in order to research what they can transfer to a cloud-computing system. They implemented Epic, an electronic information system, in all departments to centralize data company-wide.

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 Other institutions are doing the same, such as the Ottawa Hospital that used the Microsoft Azure cloud system to centralize disaster recovery (DR) for surrounding hospitals. Now, every user in every department has access to the same information across the organization. 

According to SickKids VP and CIO, Dr. Sarah Muttit, “We’re looking at clinical, administrative, equipment, everything to optimize the organization. Everyone needs this information, and use of the Azure cloud has been speeding up the process.” 

Although cloud systems like Azure can significantly reduce costs and offer benefits such as data recovery systems, there are still steps to be taken before our day-to-day operations are shifted to cloud computing. 

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From a cost perspective, transitioning to cloud services can be expensive and would force institutions to remove certain personnel, such as the IT team which is still needed to manage other systems.

 Even if the price of cloud systems decreases over time as expected, which would make it more feasible to implement as mainline and host systems, some still do not agree with this technique. 

For starters, fully outsourcing network management and transitioning to the cloud would lead hospitals to lose their own expertise. IT lead at Ottawa Hospital, Jean-Claude Lemonde, stated: “You’ll always need some feet on the ground for problems that come up on site.” 

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On top of that, health institutions could also consider testing a broader variety of systems, like AWS and other Microsoft systems. Although utilizing different cloud vendors can make things complex, it is not always best to put all your eggs in one basket. 

All in all, hospitals in the healthcare industry are putting thorough effort into innovating the way they track and store data. 

The abundance of systems and servers, along with the users of these applications, have forced healthcare institutions to lean towards improving data reliability through cloud computing. 

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In a time where society is seeing the most rapid technological advancement ever, the need to find a unique solution for data reliability and security is more critical than it has ever been. 

For companies looking to implement technological advancements or innovate current processes, EVAMAX’s team of experienced SR&ED  and Grants consultants can assist you in identifying the potential benefits and financing you are eligible for.

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