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What Cloud-Based Data Recovery Can do for a Medical Practice

Athena Health has published a wonderful white paper (available from our friends at titled “What Cloud-based Services Can Do for Your Medical Practice” — and just as you would expect, it focuses on how cloud backup and data recovery solutions are becoming more prevalent in healthcare.

Despite the cloud’s widespread growth and potential, the healthcare IT world has been relatively late — and comparatively slow — to adopt its use, the white paper points out. But that’s changing, and said change is coming from within the industry.

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From the Athena Health white paper, “What Cloud-based Services Can Do for Your Medical Practice.”

In 2011, in a New York Times opinion piece, an oncologist and college professor called for an electronic means to reduce massive waste in health care and eliminate paper-based administration, in the way “[b]anks, FedEx and scores of other businesses” have already done. That’s cloud-based backup and data recovery, folks.

The white paper notes that there are two main benefits for the healthcare industry by switching to cloud computing: Information (such as patient records and medical scans) becomes more readily available to participants, and costs go down.

The white paper goes on to detail the cost savings cloud-based data recovery can provide (see table at right), as well as how perceptions of security problems have been overestimated.

“Although some medical professionals may be reluctant to have information ‘out there’ on the cloud,” the paper states, “it’s safe to say that cloud-based services offer distinct advantages in providing security.”

Among those advantages are the ability to back up data at a secure location that’s geographically separate from the primary location; the ability to apply a uniform, high level of security, privacy controls, and resources that can continually improve over time; and having a single, integrated database platform that makes information available without the risks inherent in cobbling together multiple information platforms.

In short, cloud backup and data recovery stand ready to revolutionize healthcare information technology. Across industries, global revenue from IT cloud services is expected to reach $72.9 billion in 2015, up from $21.5 billion in 2010, the white paper states. The projection is that over the next four to five years, the healthcare industry will get on board.

“What Cloud-based Services Can Do for Your Medical Practice” is a great read, and a must if you are in the healthcare IT business.

Are you in healthcare IT? If so, what do you think of cloud-based backup and data recovery? Leave your comments below.


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