3 Use Cases for Cloud in Healthcare

Today, healthcare organizations are no longer trying to understand what the cloud is, but instead, how the technology can best be used to improve patient outcomes, lower costs and improve collaboration.

This shift in thinking has come at a significantly slower pace compared to other industries such as digital media and e-commerce, but it is with good reason. While the cloud offers a tremendous number of benefits for healthcare organizations, taking a cautious approach to ensure electronic protected healthcare information (ePHI) remains completely secure in this new delivery model is of the utmost importance.

Starting with a few use cases and growing from there is one of the keys behind a successful transition. Here are three of the top workloads healthcare organizations can consider when getting started in the cloud.

Disaster Recovery

According to the 451 Group, traditional tape- and disk-based platforms enable recovery in 12 to 24 hours, depending on data loads and other factors. However, with a cloud-based strategy, recovery time is significantly reduced – clocking in 4 hours or less. Using the cloud for disaster recovery and/or backup also offers reduced costs when compared to maintaining a second physical site. For healthcare organizations that are looking for a more sustainable approach to disaster recovery and backup, the cloud is a good first option.

Research & Development

Using traditional methods, procuring IT equipment and resources for research and development is a lengthy process. It requires organizations to purchase equipment, wait for it to be delivered, install it, configure it and then get started on their project. And because of this prolonged process, organizations have the tendency to overprovision to ensure they have enough capacity, but oftentimes end up with idle or unused resources. By leveraging the cloud, organizations can quickly spin up resources and then spin them back down when the project is complete – all while paying for only the resources they used. The cloud also improves collaboration between teams by providing on-demand access to high performance resources from anywhere in the world.

Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS)

The expense and management burdens of storing the large files created by PACS are fast growing beyond control. Tape offers a low cost option for many organizations, but the lengthy retrieval times and administrative burdens are unacceptable when it is a matter of life and death. Leveraging the cloud for PACS offers unlimited storage capacity, improved performance and “burstable” capacity for spikes in demand or usage. If your organization is running into these issues, offloading PACS storage to the cloud comes with significant benefits.

Carpathia and EMC have teamed up to deliver HIPAA-compliant cloud solutions to healthcare organizations large and small… from private cloud implementations to a vertical-specific solution know as Healthcare Community Cloud Service™.

To learn more about how we can support your organization’s incremental steps to the cloud, download our Healthcare Solutions Overview, or contact us at solutions@carpathia.com to learn more.