Secured Cloud a Must


Cloud technology is changing the way healthcare operates, says Vaishali Mutalik

Technology vendors have to build robust security into the cloud technology to ensure that all administrative and clinical data is secure and safely maintained, says Vaishali Mutalik, CEO, HexaTech IT Ventures Pvt Ltd while speaking to Prathiba Raju of Elets News Network (ENN)

What are the solutions HexaTech offers that enhances the current IT infrastructure?

HexaTechs Healthcare IT solutions provides adoption of cloud computing allowing healthcare players to focus on providing cost effective and highly efficient healthcare services. We provide advanced progressive and integrated IT solutions that enhances usage of IT infrastructure and ensures that benefits arising from technological improvements, which are put to use for better collaboration and co-ordination of patient care process and EHR.

Where does cloud computing fit in healthcare?

Service providers play a major role in adoption of cloud in any industry and healthcare is no exception. Cloud can enable service providers to rapidly and cost-effectively integrate their applications, end points, and operations capabilities into a set of cloud services that can be deployed to customers, be it providers, governments, payers or patients using a wide range of network connections. In many cases these services can be composed of existing applications, infrastructure and workflows that may be located anywhere in a cloud configuration without requiring colocation to a set of consumers that can either be permanently or temporarily connected into the cloud system.

What future does cloud computing have in India?

In Cloud, IT resources and services are abstracted from the underlying infrastructure and provided ondemand and at scale in a multi-tenant environment. New advancements in cloud technology are fundamentally changing the way healthcare providers operate their technological infrastructure. They are realising the benefits of adopting cloud technology, instead of owning and maintaining huge data centres that need massive investments in technology and human resources.

Concerns about patient data confidentiality and security issues are also weighing down heavily on the adoption of cloud technology. Technology vendors have to build robust security and disaster recovery features into the cloud technology to ensure that all administrative and clinical data is securely and safely maintained.

More and more vendors are offering healthcare solutions and services such as telemedicine, EMR, medical imaging and patient management that can be consumed or integrated by healthcare providers over a cloud system.

What is the role of Big data analytics and its key advantages?

Many healthcare organisations struggle to manage the ever-growing amount of digital data. Mass EHR data, digital imaging and numerous clinical applications put severe strain on existing infrastructures. Innovation has become a regular phenomenon and technology upgrade is a major challenge. Any failure in building meaningful inter-operate data migration processes may give diminishing returns on the technology investment. The trend is towards more mobility from healthcare service providers and to develop an effective mobile strategy. Patients today expect healthcare at their fingertips. The overall technology surrounding the healthcare in terms of hardware and software has to go through vast changes in next few years. With the change in the usage and larger acceptance of mobile applications, setting up e-hospitals and remote control treatment mechanism would become order of the day. Hence usage of cloud technologies is imminent.

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