Cloud Technology: Improving healthcare services
When you think of the advantages of cloud technology, the healthcare industry may not be the first one to come to mind. Health and wellness are areas that still require hands-on, in-person attention and care. You still need to visit a doctor, and hospitals will never be replaced by an online helpdesk. However, cloud technologies are improving healthcare by making information more accessible and connecting patients with their doctors and support network. Here are three areas in which cloud technologies like Amazon Web Services are changing the face of healthcare for the better.
Patients are able to take a more active and knowledgeable role in their health. With access to medical history, and the ability to record new information and track their progress, patients are in better control of their health. Patients can quickly communicate with doctors and other medical professionals to ask questions that do not require a scheduled, in-person visit.
Additionally, cloud healthcare keeps families and support groups connected and engaged. You don’t have to improve your health all by yourself. Build a support group of like-minded individuals and friends to keep each other on top of important health goals. Send reminders to exercise, update each other on milestones and seek advice on healthy recipes. With access to cloud healthcare, all individuals and families are empowered to take ownership for their health and medical care.
Medical professionals have access to a lot of information. Historically, medical records and research were stored in files, on paper, in many locations. Surgeons, nutritionists, physical therapists, and others typically worked in silos, treating patients according to the information they had access to.
Now, medical professionals can quickly collaborate across practices and across countries through health information exchanges. No matter what office or hospital a patient visits, anyone providing treatment has a complete and up-to-date medical record. Patients don’t have to remember and recite family medical history or carry a list of prescribed medicines. The exchange of health information through electronic health records saves time and saves lives.
Access & security
With HIPAA-approved security, medical records are kept safe and secure, but accessible. Patients and healthcare providers have access to the information and tools they need to stay on top of healthcare policies, payments, and treatment. External factors like fires, floods, or theft will not prevent a person from accessing vital medical records and getting the help he or she needs to get and stay healthy.