In a recent breakthrough of medical studies, physicians use a secure platform through Amazon Web cloud-based Services. Collaborative cloud computing healthcare studies help physicians analysis of over 2,000 DNA in an ovarian and breast cancer targetted research. Since this is an enormous amount of data consuming a hundred terabytes, researchers at Mt. Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine utilize AWS or Amazon Web Services, to securely store source files.
Cloud storage is secure, cost-effective and offers ease of access. This saves researchers a lot of time and resources, and future research would not be without it anymore. The integration of cloud computing healthcare research is necessary to meet three key essential needs: security of the platform and maintains confidentiality of patient information; scalability as the amount of data grows; and it allows collaboration in researchers by just providing access to the cloud, anyone authorized can have access to resources and make their own analysis.
The entire healthcare industry has spent a total of $3.7 billion in cloud services and is forecasted to grow three times to $9.5 billion by the year 2020. The cost efficiency and security of information drove not only physicians and hospital administrators but also patients to prefer cloud services. Healthcare professionals already started depending largely on cloud computing for back office needs only few years ago. This includes patient information storage and exchange. But the use of cloud computing in the healthcare industry has tremendously expanded. Aside from research, telemedicine or virtual care is set to be a thing in the next few years, all things to cloud services. Most routine doctor consultations do not require face to face interaction, so virtual care or telemedicine should be more cost efficient and convenient to both parties involved – doctor and patients. It is predicted that 80% of doctor-patient interactions will then be dependent on the cloud and the Internet.
Other uses of the cloud for health professionals is utilizing it as a medium to provide empowerment tools to patients. This means that patients will have easier and convenient access to information, widening the market reach. Cloud computing is highly versatile and flexible, it can easily be updated centrally to meet any need.