Cloud computing has come a considerable way across various phases. Clients can utilize internet based tools or applications through an internet browser just as though they were programs installed locally on their very own computer.
If you look back, the real concept of delivering computing resources across a global network is really ingrained in the 60s. In the year 1969, J.C.R. Licklider through his article Intergalactic computer Network enabled the development of ARPANET.
He seemed to project a vision that everybody on the globe be interconnected and access programs and data in any site. Others give credit to computer researcher John McCarthy who proposed the idea of computation being delivered since a public utility.
Since the 60s, cloud computing has evolved on a timeline. Therefore cloud computing for everybody has been something of a latest development. There are various other factors that have enabled cloud computing to evolve. These include the virtualization technology, universal high speed bandwidth, and established standards of universal software interoperability. Increased storage, flexibility \/ scalability, and reducing costs are some of the valuable benefits that can be derived, as the perspective that almost anything can be delivered from the cloud, becomes more and more a reality. Security, data privacy, network performance and economy are still concerns which are being addressed through several models of cloud platform delivery like the Private Cloud, Public Cloud, and also the Hybrid Cloud solutions.
This leads us to Cloud’s footprints into Healthcare. While, as we’ve seen above, cloud computing has been around for decades. Hospitals and healthcare systems only lately started to adopt the pliability, interoperability and affordability of cloud technology, especially as they implement plans to use the federal government’s $20 billion plus Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health financial incentive programs. The cloud computing model is quite well suited to health applications due to the volume and various sources of info, that’s needed to be accessed rapidly and from any location. Be it for maintaining health records, monitoring of patients, collaboration with peers, prescribing medication, even analysis of data, we’ll see increasingly more of healthcare tapping into the cloud. With more attention on the security aspects of Cloud, compliance with data privacy standards, advanced interoperability and data sharing, and with a proper DR in place, the cloud may have a real positive impact on Healthcare. Dipak Chatterjee through his platform e Health Information Management Systems is on a journey to highlight, and continuously bring the variables that constrain Health Care Information Management, into forefront. It charts the progress and impact of Technology on Healthcare Efficiency, Accessibility, Affordability & Safety.