02 November 2015 / Blog
3 Ways Cloud Delivers Better, Smarter Patient Care
By: Velocity Staff
Cloud computing is enabling the next major revolution in healthcare, a world in which care is becoming highly coordinated among physicians leveraging research and data-driven outcomes to develop truly personalized, patient care plans that deliver better care at lower cost.
Today’s cost and efficiency challenges are leading the industry to question commonly held assumptions. Increasingly, health organizations are understanding that to drive results, they must work under a radically different care delivery paradigm: one characterized by highly coordinated care that improves patient outcomes and eliminates ineffective or duplicative services that waste precious time and money.
It’s a challenge that the cloud is answering, moving beyond just administrative efficiency, to deliver true healthcare agility and a much more precise and proactive care model.
The New Care Paradigm
Cloud enables organizations to expand by offering the scalability, flexibility, speed and data portability, along with the data recovery and redundancy required by this paradigm shift. Once viewed as a security risk, cloud computing is now seen as a security advantage compared to on-premise deployment, according to the majority of CIOs surveyed for a recent study published by IDC Insights.
Additionally, cloud supports healthcare organizations by providing greater agility, more personalized, patient care, more secure portability of healthcare data and a complete view of the healthcare enterprise technology.
Adding Value, STAT
Tailored specifically to healthcare clients, cloud systems deploy purpose-built solutions that can help organizations quickly meet the following goals:
1. Capitalize on new business opportunities by rapidly implementing new applications while reining in costs. Tapping the cloud, healthcare organizations can be more nimble and cost-effective, targeting and executing solutions in as little as 10 days, rather than three months. Rapid prototyping, access to dedicated professionals and comprehensive, technology-enabled clinical and revenue cycle applications, further help cut costs.
“Organizations must often purchase new infrastructure and pull internal and business unit experts away from running the business,” says Paul Cioni, Senior Vice President of Healthcare and Technology Solutions of Velocity Technology Solutions. “The use of cloud technology improves time to value considerably and eliminates distractions from the critical mission – patient care.”
2. Provide secure healthcare data portability that facilitates a more coordinated level of care. Many factors are converging, prompting healthcare organizations to deliver more coordinated care. When organizations are operating on a cloud platform, system integration can rise to the top of the “to-do” list. Even when organizations remain independent, the need to coordinate care still prevails. With the cloud, disparate entities can securely share authorized data – and collaborate more closely on health initiatives and care, making it possible to collectively move toward improved patient outcomes.
With cloud technology in place, integration can start with information systems and then move on to business processes and personnel,” Cioni says. “Getting the systems integrated is important so you can immediately gain operational synergies from the integration. Value doesn’t come from publishing the new organizational chart or putting a new sign on the door. Value comes from the technology-enabled measurable outcomes such as increased purchasing power or the ability to more ef ciently schedule staff by acuity.”
3. Flexibility and scalability that responds to your business needs. Healthcare organizations are under constant pressure to reduce costs and raise the bottom line. As such, they need the flexibility to scale their data needs while supporting a high-performance, analytics-backed approach. The cloud allows for such flexibility all the while protecting the integrity of a single source of truth across entities.
“The cloud makes it possible to collect and store the data so that there are a million answers waiting for the next question from a physician,” Cioni said. “A thoughtfully architected cloud environment should also provide exceptional application performance and resiliency, so that same physician can access critical data, securely from anywhere, within a matter of seconds.”
Clinicians need to be able to confidently rely on healthcare applications to make informed care decisions.