How Cloud Technology is Transforming Healthcare and Life Sciences

Now more than ever, quality healthcare and life sciences service delivery is increasingly important. Many organizations have worked to meet this need and provide services that patients use every day. Much of this work requires the processing of large amounts of sensitive data securely, all while providing service that can address crucial medical needs quickly. 

It’s no wonder then that so many healthcare and life sciences organizations depend on Amazon Web Services and other cloud services to host the infrastructure they need to deliver these crucial services. 

In the following, we’ll cover how cloud technology is transforming the Healthcare and Life Sciences industry. 

The Challenge

What are the main challenges facing healthcare and life sciences organizations in the current digital landscape? 

For one, patient data must be protected with the highest level of security, and processed in compliance with regulatory requirements like HIPAA. Security and compliance requirements are constantly changing, and many organizations find it difficult to keep up and continue to provide good service. 

Secondly, hosting and processing large amounts of data requires a cost-effective solution. Many healthcare organizations have difficulty keeping up with the costs associated with on-premise servers and IT infrastructure. 

Finally, the service delivery has to be fast with little downtime for the end-user. Especially where health is concerned, time is of the essence. That’s why healthcare organizations require the infrastructure necessary to handle large amounts of user data without slowing down. 

The Cloud Solution

At Ibexlabs, we’ve helped healthcare and life sciences organizations around the world address each of these concerns with their migration to cloud hosting platforms like AWS. 

In terms of security, Ibexlabs leverages a number of services like AWS GuardDuty and AWS Shield to keep our clients’ data safe. We implement several layers of firewalls and role-based data segmentation to make sure that only those who should have access to sensitive data do have access to that data. Additionally, central management and automated compliance controls help our clients understand the status of their entire security posture and keep up with HIPAA compliance. 

By implementing a pay-as-you-go payment model, our clients only pay for the cloud resources that they use, when they use them. That means that they always have the server power to handle large volumes of data, while also downscaling when their needs are not as high. 

Finally, powerful DevOps services, fault-tolerant servers, and flexible resource balancing assure that our clients’ service delivery never breaks down. Our clients are free to roll out new services, patches and updates without causing any service disruptions to the end-point users. At the end of the day, patients get the service that they need quickly and efficiently. 

Cloud Technology in Healthcare

How has cloud technology changed the way that healthcare organizations operate? Here are a few examples:

Streamlining the Payment Process

Dealing with the complicated business of health insurance and payment management can prove to be an arduous and difficult process for everyone involved. With cloud technologies, however, it’s simple to centralize all the necessary information to streamline the payment process in a secure and transparent manner. Authorized users can readily access the information necessary for their role in the payment process. At the same time, anything beyond their access is kept entirely secret. 

You can read more about cloud technology applications in healthcare payments by reading our case study with Healthbridge Financial. 

Improving Insights

With cloud hosting technology, it’s possible to draw upon a wide range of disparate data sources and centralize that information in a secure, but accessible manner. This is hugely important in the world of healthcare, particularly in research, where new discoveries can dramatically change patients’ lives. With this technology, it’s simple to draw insights from these data points and make the kind of discoveries that can transform healthcare service delivery. 

You can read more about how these technologies helped Spire Health draw important insights from patient data in this case study!

Physician Training

Healthcare providers are constantly in demand, making the efficient training of doctors and nurses a priority as time goes on. The best information must be made available so that physicians can make the best decisions possible when working with patients. Using cloud technologies, it’s possible to greatly improve the quality of healthcare education and train doctors who are ready to face the challenges of the future. 

You can read more about how cloud technologies are helping train the doctors of tomorrow by reading our case study with PLS Collaborative. 

In short, cloud computing technology is transforming the healthcare and life sciences landscapes, providing better service and better results to patients. If you’re interested in learning more about how these technologies can transform your business, contact us today!

Michael Feder

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