By Gary Palgon, VP Healthcare Solutions, Liaison Healthcare Informatics
Where does cloud computing fit in the healthcare industry? I recently read a Government HealthIT article regarding the benefits of cloud-based computing for hospitals and health systems, which answered just that. It also offered great insight into Liaison Healthcare’s specialization of solving cloud-based challenges that span across all areas within the healthcare and life sciences industries.
Perhaps most interesting to Liaison Healthcare was the article’s emphasis on supply chain as a sector of healthcare in which cloud computing is especially beneficial, though often overlooked. According to the article, the supply chain is becoming a greater expense for hospitals, and the cloud has the potential to reduce costs and improve supply chain efficiency by linking data between various disparate IT systems – achieving greater usability across all areas within the healthcare system’s internal ecosystem.
The same can be said for other areas of healthcare that have to deal with large volumes of complex patient data. The cloud enables the data to be linked between the various systems and to ensure that the right people have access to unified and actionable patient data. Just like way healthcare providers leverage cloud-based data integration services to exchange information relating to their supply chain, such as product-pricing, quantity on hand, product specifications, and other important unit specific information, this same approach can be applied to the exchange of patient information.
Data integration enables interoperability both in terms of care coordination and business operations. It allows hospitals and health systems to take more of a holistic view of their patients as they make critical decisions that will impact patient care. And by moving this process to the cloud, organizations are able to free up their IT resources and experience greater scalability in their data management capabilities.
How do you think the shift towards cloud computing will impact patient data management? How can data integration be applied to this area of healthcare?
Until next time,