To some extent, every industry under the sun is reliant upon data. Companies need data for tracking their internal workflow, their customer relationships and the competitive economy around them. But perhaps nowhere is effective data management more important than in healthcare, where organizations have the power to save lives by accessing the right files at the right times.
"A failure to access key data, even very briefly, can be devastating."
This being the case, it's clear that health organizations need their files to be as secure as possible. A failure to access key data, even very briefly, can be devastating. Fortunately, health institutions can count on cloud data backup for helping them manage essential files in a safe and secure manner.
According to Forbes, there are many health organizations discovering the myriad advantages of cloud computing in the present day. Louis Columbus, vice president of marketing at iBASEt, drew upon the results of the 2014 "Cloud Survey" from HIMSS Analytics. The polling data proved beyond a reasonable doubt that the cloud is now king.
"83 percent of IT healthcare organizations are currently using cloud services, 9.3 percent plan to, and 6 percent do not intend to adopt cloud-based applications at all with the balance not knowing the plans of their organizations," Columbus noted. "In aggregate, 92 percent of healthcare providers now and in the future see the value of cloud services for their organizations."
These numbers are pretty staggering, and they highlight the growing appeal of the cloud in the health sector. Here are five more things you should know about the rise of the cloud in health:
Companies discover a range of benefits
Data security is big, but it's not the only reason health organizations love cloud computing. HIMSS' data shows a lot of other key benefits – more affordable maintenance (cited by 55.7 percent of cloud users), faster deployment (53.2 percent) and better IT expertise (51.6 percent).
The cloud can augment legacy solutions
Every healthcare business already had a deep reservoir of data before the cloud came along. Now that it's here, what gives? The solution is that cloud computing can actually interact well with other existing solutions. In HIMSS' polling, 48.2 percent of respondents noted the cloud's ability to augment existing technological capabilities or capacity.
SaaS is today's hot topic
How, specifically, are companies moving to the cloud? Increasingly, Software as a Service (SaaS) is emerging as the answer. Currently, 67 percent of healthcare organizations are using SaaS-based apps for managing their data, and that figure is likely to continue rising.
Hybrid model offers best of both worlds
A key question for many cloud adopters is – public or private? Which model offers the best way of managing files? The beauty of it is that companies no longer have to choose. In 2014, 36.3 percent of healthcare organizations chose hybrid cloud models, and that too is a figure that's still on the upswing.
Disaster recovery is an area of focus
For any business, disaster recovery planning needs to be a key priority, but that's especially the case in healthcare, where downtime is unacceptable. For this reason, "backups and data recovery" were cited in HIMSS' study as one of the main categories of cloud apps popular in healthcare, used by 35.1 percent of organizations today. It's not hard to see why.