May 24 2022

Healthcare Organizations Rely on Cloud-Driven Care

In recent years, especially amid a pandemic, healthcare systems are turning to cloud capabilities to push the delivery of care to their communities.

Cloud adoption isn’t new in healthcare. In recent years, spurred by the pandemic, healthcare systems turned to cloud capabilities to push the delivery of care to their communities.

When healthcare organizations had to send staff home and enact strict safety rules in March 2020, the rapid deployment and scaling of telehealth services and remote work capabilities meant reliance on cloud solutions not previously used.

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Healthcare seeks cloud capabilities that go beyond nonclinical Software as a Service applications and into clinical workflows. In November 2021, UC Davis Health in Northern California announced that its Cloud Innovation Center, in partnership with AWS, would focus on digital health equity. Allscripts extended its partnership with Microsoft to expand its cloud-based solutions, including support for its electronic medical records system.

As healthcare organizations continue their digital transformations and look to become more agile, mobile and resilient, cloud-based solutions are helping to enhance productivity, improve security, foster innovation and ultimately improve patient care.

Making Healthcare Organizations Cloud-Capable

For N.J.-based Hackensack Meridian Health, moving to standardized cloud-based productivity tools across the organization supported the health system’s vision to choose solutions that foster consistency, collaboration, simplicity and security, says Mark Eimer, the organization’s senior vice president, associate CIO and CTO. With care delivery moving outside hospital walls, Eimer highlights the benefits of moving to Google Workspace and Chrome OS in the interview “Q&A: Mark Eimer Reflects on Google Workspace and Chrome OS Rollout."

Our feature “Why Healthcare Organizations Want to Expand Ambulatory Surgery Centers” dives deeper into healthcare organizations that are investing in ambulatory surgical centers and the infrastructure that makes those facilities run. Idaho-based Saltzer Surgery Center, for instance, has an ASC-specific, cloud-based software suite with an EMR, among other features. “Our EMR has the capability and versatility to accomplish everything we do here. It’s seamless,” says Administrator Sean McCallister.

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