Last week in Phoenix, Hitachi Data Systems continued to define real world applications and approaches for the use of cloud computing infrastructures in today’s business environments at the recent Storage Networking World 2009.
Is this approach appropriate to health data? Getting into the virtual medical records space can be dangerous territory, given the potential for privacy breaches, among other issues. However, one of the greatest advantages of a “cloud” approach is that the network, server and security headaches that exist for locally-installed, legacy client/server systems is eliminated. Cost and poor usability have been cited as the biggest obstacles to adoption of health IT – especially Electronic Health Records (EHR) systems – and has resulted in problematically-low EHR adoption rates. Eliminating this cost, and the IT maintenance burdens that are often beyond the reach of small medical practices, clearly removes these significant roadblocks to EHR adoption.
Will it work, and is cloud-computing really the best way to go? Time will tell, but it certainly is a necessary consideration given the ability for web-based services to really improve on a system that’s in dire need of an overhaul.
What do you think of cloud-computing…can it help the country fix healthcare?