February 22nd, 2018 by adminCloud computing has taken the world by storm, and nowhere is that more evident than in the healthcare industry. Not only is the idea of embracing new technology baked into the industry itself, but the needs to switch from CAPEX to OPEX are extremely high. When software-as-a-service (SaaS) technologies entered the game, the healthcare took to it with open arms. In fact, the cloud computing market for healthcare is expected to hit $6.8 billion by the end of 2018. Here we’ll share some of the top cloud-based software benefits geared toward healthcare organizations looking to strategically align their IT costs and technical innovation within the hospital.
Predictable Costs (CAPEX to OPEX)“Even as more and more hospitals are subscribing to cloud computing services, 56 percent of CIOs said it is very difficult to explain the capital expenditure or operational expenditure ins-and-outs when vying for IT budgets and approvals,” says Healthcare IT News. Talk to any healthcare CFO, and lowering costs will come up. One of the most successful ways to streamline an IT budget is to shift software to the cloud. By utilizing SaaS technologies, you are able to offload some of those capital expenditures that get sucked up in software licensing, giving you the immediate benefit of operating expenses. Predictability in costs is imperative in new healthcare ventures, and the more you can offload into monthly expenses, the better.
Stronger CybersecurityPrivacy and security are critical in healthcare. Business Insider says that “hospitals are appealing targets for hackers because they are data-rich and typically have less cybersecurity prevention technology in place, compared to other industries.” Knowing your patient data is funneled through your software, you need cloud-based software solutions that will help you reach compliance through risk mitigation. This includes strong authentication processes, with tracking methods for access to ePHI, particularly when transferring information to other entities.
Greater IntegrationMigrating to the cloud is great for OPEX healthcare initiatives, but not if the systems can’t integrate with existing tools. That would simply lead to other capital expenses. The key is to find cloud solutions for healthcare that integrate patient information with pharmacy systems, billing and other in-house systems. Likewise, you want the software to improve your existing workflow so that your staff never loses a step against best industry practices for patient care.
Easier MaintenanceReliability in your network is key to keeping your staff delivering the care your patients need. With cloud software, healthcare organizations are finding more improvement in the way their software functions because upgrades and patches are done off-site, in a timely manner. This ensures that your staff (and, therefore, the patients) are benefitting from the best-available version of those tools.
IPRO and the CloudWhen you’re ready to migrate to the cloud, or you need assistance in managing the innumerable technological variables that manifest in a cloud-based environment, contact IPRO.
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