New opportunities for Cloud computing in healthcare

December 19, 2011: The emergence of cloud computing has revolutionized the way many of the industries operate, and the latest one in the line is the healthcare industry. The Indian healthcare sector was dependent on paper works to streamline its operations. Any hospital requires a well maintained work flow to serve its patients and for its proper functioning.

The Indian healthcare industry was worth $ 54 billion at the end of 2010. It is projected that the industry will be worth more than $ 150 billion by 2020 with a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 12 to 13 per cent. In India the healthcare sector is dominated by private players, unlike any other countries. With such a large number of private players, technology should have been widely adopted. But in India it is not so. India spends only 4.1 per cent of the GDP on healthcare, which is much less when compared to other countries.

The information technology companies have identified the opportunity to earn significant revenue from this sector and have already started to grab it. MediEaz is the first successful step in the direction of cloud based HMS system which was aimed at streamlining the HMS system. It was developed by Exleaz. 

Based on a study, it was observed that the traditional healthcare management system faced many problems with integrating different modules. The expanding healthcare sector in India needs innovative solutions to cater to the needs and face the challenges. This will ensure that the healthcare services are efficient and effective and will meet the requirements of the industry. It will also help in keeping the cost under control by optimizing various activities.        

The cloud computing model helps in making certain operations easy as there is no need for installing additional software or servers and any other additional features.

Even though the cloud based system offers some advantages; it also raises concern over the privacy of the patient records. There are no laws in the country that takes care of the cloud computing industry. The IT act is the only law that governs such matters.

The Health Management System based on cloud is relatively new to the healthcare industry. The hospitals that have implemented the system have not been able to remove paper work. Moreover the system has been introduced only in private hospitals and not in government hospitals. It is for sure that it will take time for cloud computing to get popular in the healthcare sector and healthcare providers have to take careful steps in adopting technology.

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