In our previous post, we discussed how mHealth solutions and products can create significant amount of data and how mHealth providers need to effectively manage this data in order to be able to deliver truly effective solutions to patients. Verizon's healthcare enabled services: HIPAA cloud, provides such a solution from an infrastructure-as-a-service perspective for both the established mHealth provider and the start-up mHealth provider. In both cases, we allow mHealth providers to focus on what they do best, which is delivering innovative and patient-focused solutions, while we take care of what we know best, which is delivering highly reliable and effective network and data center solutions that safeguards their mission critical data.
Let's take a brief look other industries that have recently adopted the use of cloud solutions and we'll explore how the healthcare industry can learn or adopt some of these best practices.
Telecommunication: Communications Service Providers use the cloud to provide both private and public networks to their customers for domestic and commercial purposes. More people use their mobile phones to do things they would have previously done on their laptops or PDAs. Cloud solutions now allow end users to share information across networks, via different end devices and across different platforms.
Finance and Banking: Think of how consumers bank today. Just a few years ago, many of the transactions they needed to do involved going to the bank and working with a teller - today, with online banking now much of this can be done online, on PDAs, or on smartphones. Online banking connects many disparate 'transactions' and systems into one view for the customer. Cloud computing eliminates the need for banks and financial institutions from having a separate banking portal and client database for every location. The end result is cost control from economies of scale, By not having to put up a server for every additional service or offer, a bank can drive lower overall operating expense (OPEX) for their banking systems.
Education: Students today can complement their studies [via traditional hardcover books] with online books/resources (of the same title/course work). Fortune 1000 companies are requiring advanced degrees more than ever before making education one of the fastest-growing industries today. Cloud enabled services in education can lead to better course work, better collaboration between student/teacher and a better overall education experience for the student. Being able to study online, cross link materials using multiple devices and having the ability to collaborate with teachers and other students, in real time, are many of the benefits that the cloud offers educational institutions.
The list of industries that can benefit from cloud solutions is endless and the healthcare industry should look to these other industries and see what changes or innovations cloud computing has enabled that can be adopted as use cases. From having economies of scale, to enabling better collaboration through ease of sharing data to providing better, more comprehensive and intuitive views of information, cloud enabled services can be a catalyst to drive innovation in any industry. Often when a company needs to be many things, it has trouble actually delivering upon its main mission. In the case of mHealth providers, if they set out to provide an innovative patient-focused solution in the cloud, a business partner like Verizon can step in to allow them to keep focus on their core competencies and more importantly, delivering critical solutions to their customers.