The healthcare industry has a history of taking its time to adapt to the newest developments in technology, but, recently, cloud computing for healthcare has been seeing some relative success, with more and more healthcare organizations and institutions embracing cloud computing.
The news was released during the Dell Technologies World 2018, held early in May of 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada where Dell’s cloud computing subsidiary, Virtustream, revealing that it has been seeing a good measure of success in migrating health records from organizations and institutions to its Virtustream Healthcare Cloud.
The company also released data from a research made by IT analyst firm, 451 Research, which showed an increase in IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) adoption by the healthcare industry, going up to 34% by the end of 2017 from 23% by the end of 2015, meaning that more and more members of the industry are embracing cloud computing for healthcare operations.
This data from 451 reflects data from the HIMSS Healthcare Cloud Computing Survey in 2018, which was released earlier in 2018 during the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society conference. The data from that publication showed that cloud computing for healthcare was growing, with small- to medium-scale providers seeing a greater increase compared to large-scale providers, at 33% up to 49%, and 19% to 35%, respectively.
The Director of Product Management for Virtustream Healthcare Cloud, Tim Calahan, says that healthcare providers are now ready cloud, but the problem is that the industry isn’t aware of how to enter the cloud in a secure manner.
Virtusteam itself has been seeing some success on that front, having recently completed development on a special version of its own Enterprise Cloud, one with new security measures and specifications compliant with HIPAA and HITRUST standards. Calahan says that this is because, when the industry looks for cloud computing for healthcare, they want options and that Virtustream is giving them those options.
Currently, Virtustreamis focused on operating with EPIC, one of the biggest medical record systems in the world, one with a reputation for being an extremely difficult system to implement. Part of the efforts include giving EPIC a channel in regions across the world where it doesn’t have its own hosting service. Plans include rolling out support from Virtustream for other EHR leaders, like MediTech, sometime in 2019.