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Choosing the best health cloud for your digital transformation priorities

As healthcare organizations make progress on their way to the digital transformation of healthcare, choosing a health cloud vendor to support and enable that work should not be taken lightly.

Digital health, Big Data Cloud Computing, Cloudscape, Cloud - Sky, Technology, Computer Software, Business, Solution, Connection, Security, Concepts, Security System, Wireless Technology, Internet, Communication, Network Server, Marketing, Mobile Phone, Innovation, Ideas, Finance, Computer, Portable Information Device, The evolution of cloud computing technology provides healthcare enterprises with a widening range of options to support their digital transformation efforts. A report by Chilmark Research sponsored by Innovaccer offers a deep dive into what factors healthcare organizations should consider when evaluating health cloud vendor options.  The health cloud is essential to supporting healthcare’s ever expanding needs for storing, sharing and analyzing data — the lifeblood of the healthcare industry. Organizations can use it to transform patient experiences, to support analytics that would be too costly for conventional technology platforms. Adopting a health cloud removes the burden of managing this infrastructure internally, such as on a server. By eliminating this burden, organizations can focus on optimizing plans and processes to pursue clinical and business goals. It can also help healthcare organizations shift from fee-for-service care delivery models to value-based payment models and hybrid care delivery programs, according to the report.  “Importantly, a Health Cloud is responsive to the needs of every healthcare market segment – providers, payers, life sciences, digital health, pharmaceutical companies, and device manufacturers,” the report states. There are a few different types of cloud vendors to choose from, depending on your organization’s needs. Each comes with its own set of merits and disadvantages. The public clouds are the most familiar, such as Amazon, Microsoft and Google. There are also private clouds, hybrid clouds, and clouds that can host multiple public vendors. But there are still more categories, depending on the use case. There is an on-premises cloud that is designed to serve the needs of one company; infrastructure as a service, software as a service, and platform as a service.

Source: Innovaccer

The report highlights how healthcare organizations can use the cloud to scale up or down, data management options, and key questions that should be asked of health cloud vendors and  enterprises so that reasonable expectations are mapped out to ensure the best match.  To download the report The Health Cloud: Key infrastructure for digital transformation
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