Many healthcare organizations today recognize the potentially transformative benefits of cloud migration. Moving key applications to the cloud can enable organizations to tap into cutting-edge technologies that drive innovation. Meanwhile, organizations can also use cloud environments to scale their IT resources, enhance security, and avoid massive capital expenditures.
Still, cloud migration can be fraught with challenges, especially for healthcare organizations. Whether moving applications used by employees, patients, payers, or providers, these organizations must make those shifts without interruptions in service. At the same time, they must maintain the utmost security and sustain compliance with strict regulations. Just as important, they must control the costs and complexity of the migration and subsequent operations.
Identifying potential obstacles, formulating a detailed plan, and streamlining execution are critical for a successful migration. Cloudticity Cloud Migration Services for Healthcare can help your organization plan and execute a migration that meets your specific needs. By drawing on deep experience and expertise with cloud migration for healthcare organizations, Cloudticity enables you to accelerate your journey while minimizing risks. A seamless transition to using the Cloudticity Oxygen™ fully automated managed services platform helps ensure that you continue to maximize the benefits of the cloud going forward.
Why move to the cloud?
There are several compelling reasons to move forward with a cloud migration—and to move forward now.
Innovation: Like businesses in other industries, healthcare organizations are under continuous pressure to stay relevant and deliver innovative solutions. Your organization might want to provide patients with new ways to access healthcare information; offer providers the ability to connect genomic data with clinical insights; or enable payers to better assess health risks and optimize reimbursement models. By running apps in the cloud, you can take advantage of advanced cloud-based technologies — such as artificial intelligence (AI)/machine learning (ML), analytics, and data visualization tools — to augment your software and deliver new experiences. Because cloud service providers (CSPs) offer new technologies as they are introduced, you can stay up to date with the latest capabilities without large capital expenditures.
OpEx cost model: Cloud migration can help you flip your IT cost model. With the traditional CapEx model, you buy, operate, and maintain physical hardware in your own data center. To accommodate occasional peaks, you have to buy more hardware than you need, which means you might use only a fraction of your resources on a daily basis. The cloud allows you to shift to an OpEx model in which you pay for only what you consume. You can free up budget for other types of investments that the business might need more.
Scalability: Using a public cloud gives you the flexibility to scale up — or down — as needs change. You can accommodate demand surges or seasonal spikes quickly. And you can avoid overbuying and over-provisioning resources, eliminating the expense of idle servers and storage.
Security: In many cases, cloud providers can offer more robust, advanced security capabilities than you could cost-effectively deploy in your own data center. By implementing managed cloud services designed specifically for healthcare organizations, you can also simplify HIPAA compliance and achieve HITRUST certification for your cloud-based services.
Resiliency: Adopting cloud services can help you improve application resiliency and availability without the capital costs of buying redundant systems or building additional data centers. In the cloud, you can easily, cost-effectively replicate apps and data across multiple regional locations. If there is an outage in one location, your workloads can automatically fail over to another with minimal downtime. Meanwhile, load balancing can help ensure availability and maintain required performance even if usage spikes.
Maintaining the status quo is not a viable option. Traditional on-premises infrastructure, which requires upfront capacity planning and ongoing maintenance, cannot offer the agility for responding to changing business requirements. Meanwhile, legacy security solutions, optimized for old security issues, cannot effectively detect or address emerging threats.
Cloud migration enables you to keep up with evolving business needs and user expectations. By moving apps to the cloud, you can deliver faster more innovative, engaging software and services while reducing the costs and risks of traditional approaches.
Identifying the key challenges of cloud migration
While the potential benefits of cloud migration are clear, organizations face several challenges.
Downtime: Without proper planning and execution, moving vital applications to the cloud can incur downtime. Depending on the application, that downtime could impact your employees’ productivity or your customers’ ability to provide quality patient care. Extended service interruptions could put your organization’s reputation and revenues at risk.
Regulatory compliance: Adhering to HIPAA requirements is non-negotiable. You must ensure the privacy and security of protected health information (PHI), and you must be able to prove HIPAA compliance to regulators as well as patients and other healthcare partners. HIPAA violations can be costly, and data breaches can be even costlier.
Complying with HIPAA regulations and achieving HITRUST certification (to prove compliance) can be challenging for many organizations. Despite HIPAA and HITRUST services offered by CSPs, many organizations moving apps to the cloud still face time-consuming and costly processes to meet all requirements successfully .
Ongoing management: Cloud migration does not end when you start running new apps in a cloud. You need to plan ahead for managing those potentially complex cloud environments while maintaining compliance and meeting service-level agreements. A full understanding of needed skills and anticipated costs will be essential for successful and efficient management.
How Cloudticity can help with cloud migration in healthcare
Cloudticity is a digital enablement partner exclusively for the healthcare industry. We help healthcare organizations design, build, migrate, and manage HIPAA-compliant workloads on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure. We provide HITRUST Certified managed services, managed compliance, and managed security services that enable healthcare organizations to get the most out of their cloud investment.
In addition to providing managed cloud solutions, Cloudticity has built some of the first and largest health systems on the cloud, including:
- The first patient portal
- The first health information exchange
- The first FISMA high deployment
- The first Meaningful Use 2 (MU2) compliance attestation for a large hospital system
- The first COVID-19 registry for a state health department
To learn more about how Cloudticity can help your with your cloud migration in healthcare, schedule a free consultation.