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Using Cloud Computing in Healthcare

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Cloud Computing is changing how the healthcare community is sharing files, folders, and forms.  Clinics working in the Cloud are now able to connect with other offices, even if they are on the other side of the country.  As an office managers day-to-day tasks are becoming more and more integrated with the Cloud, the way forms and files are interacted with is changing.  Let’s take a look at how Cloud Computing can help your clinic or practice.

The idea behind Cloud Computing is files are stored on a secure, central server that can be accessed from anywhere.  A physician can be en route to an ACL reconstruction and access the patient’s information on the Cloud before she’s even at the hospital.  Being about to engage and share a file without even being in the office can keep the communication paths open between all parties involved.  If something is in the Cloud, doctors, nurses, and office manages can access it from anywhere.

Collaboration! The ability to cross reference an x-ray, MRI, or CT Scan with other specialists in the healthcare community is another wonderful ability of Cloud Computing.  By engaging with other specialists in the field, your patient will be receiving the best possible care, from some of the best minds in the community, regardless of location.  A specialist in San Francisco can review files over the secure server with a GP in Boston.  Distance imposed limitations crumble with Cloud Computing services.

At first thought, one of the biggest concerns about Cloud Computing and healthcare is the idea of privacy.  While it is reasonable to think this process may be insecure, in reality, security levels are sky high when it comes to Cloud Computing.  Compared to a clinics normal IT department (or office manager who resets a router), data in the Cloud is encrypted to a point that the Cloud provider doesn’t even have access.  Well secured patient data can help free up your practice to become more innovative and more streamlined.

As more practices utilize mobile technology such as iPads or tablets in the exam room, app data is already being stored on a Cloud server.  This data is then accessible to office staff that can help enhance the patient experience.  Being able to input data and have it almost simultaneously appear on a patients chart is something that was once only a possibility, but is now a reality because of Cloud Computing.

With projections of the Cloud Computing marketing hitting almost 5.5 million dollars by 2017, the technology will continue to change and shape of how data is shared in healthcare.  How is your practice utilizing the Cloud?  Is Cloud computing something your clinic has already shifted towards?  Did we miss something? Leave a comment below, send us a message on Twitter @MDWebPro, let us know on Facebook, or on Google +.  We’d love to hear from you!

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Stuart Wainstock is a former educator who has taught overseas and in the United States. Stuart began blogging while living overseas as a means to communicate with family and friends back home. He is a contributing author to the MDWebPro blog. Stuart is an avid follower of technology, and their constantly changing trends. He also enjoys discovering new and excited music, as well as photography. You can follow Stuart on Twitter @stuartwainstock,@MDWebPro and Google+

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