The healthcare industry has evolved steadily over the years in terms of infrastructure as well as business processes. For instance, the healthcare organizations have largely substituted electronic health records (EHR) for paper charts, which has consequently led to an increase in the flow of large volumes of data. Similarly, health IT systems have also directly impacted the flow of data into the healthcare system. Therefore, healthcare firms are looking to adopt cloud-based environments in order to manage the huge chunks of data, and the numbers are increasing every day. However, the cloud must be employed in an innovative manner in order to utilize the data in the form of useful information that can be used in future for references or actual actionable data.
The entire healthcare cloud depends on the ability of healthcare organizations to collaborate with health IT developers and make use of advanced technologies to serve the interests of both the patients as well as the caregivers. Hence experts have maintained that it is important to observe a multi-tier approach while managing their data stores. This implies that local and primary data stores to manage clinical and non-clinical activities on a daily basis.
On the other hand, the second tier would be responsible for empowering businesses to operate together. Resembling an unstructured database, it would also assist in accumulating data from multiple sources and technologies such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, even IoT could be deployed. Professionals are also optimistic about the seamless assimilation of wearable devices and telemetric systems placed at the homes of patients with decision support merged with cloud services.