Cloud Computing in the Healthcare Industry

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It is a breath of fresh air to see that the health care industry has been taking a shift towards computing.  Healthcare  cloud computing is a great advantage to hospitals and health care providers because, among other things, it allows patient chart data to be shared with various doctors across the country. In the days before computers, most doctors had one chart for each patient and if that patient was ever in a car accident or had to visit another doctor, they would not have their medical chart with them and the doctor would have to waste time doing needless tests that have already been done in the past to test for allergies and such.

The cloud is not necessarily a new concept but it has recently been gaining more traction in mainstream companies.  Healthcare  cloud computing is the idea that you can have servers sharing and processing information with each other without knowing physically where the servers are located. It basically takes the disk space that you would normally have on your computer and puts it on a server that you can connect to remotely from anywhere in the world. When patients have all their medical history data stored on such a computer in a data center somewhere, it becomes much easier for doctors to communicate with each other and figure out what is wrong with each patient by having access to their records.

Companies that produce medical devices like MRI machines and blood testing lab equipment also have an incentive to get involved in cloud computing because most of the time these companies have their own equipment that needs to be tracked and maintained, especially when deployed at hundreds, if not thousands of hospitals across the country.  Healthcare  cloud computing keeps technological costs low because you only pay for what you use. Prices for cloud computing servers are typically set for the amount of disk space or bandwidth you are using at a given moment, and are not flat rate. Flat rate server hosting solutions are often much more costly and not as practical because sometimes servers are not running any power intensive tasks yet you are still paying that same monthly fee for nothing. Cloud computing makes sure you only pay when there are processes running on the computer. Many experts predict that cloud computing is the future and that most information will be stored remotely on servers across the world.