Ever since President Barack Obama took office and passed his milestone bill—the Affordable Care Act—the healthcare industry has been front and center on newsstands throughout the country. But the ACA is hardly the biggest headline today as far as healthcare providers are concerned. In 2015, with technology advancing on what seems like a daily basis, there is always buzz in the medical community about how it will affect healthcare providers.
For one, the abundance of new technology has made eradicating diseases and treating difficult illnesses infinitely easier. However, we haven’t really seen the technology for doctors merge with the technology the modern consumer uses on a daily basis. For the most part, as far as technology in the workplace is concerned, hospitals and major health care providers are usually the place where we see the least of it. Most hospitals today still have paper medical records or are still grappling to get them converted to electronic medical records.
In a recent article by The Boston Globe, journalist Priyanka Dayal McCluskey shed some light on a group of doctors who are fighting this stereotype. One of Massachusetts’ largest independent doctors groups, Atrius Health, is composed of 750 physicians and serves 675,000 patients in Eastern Mass. They, according to McCluskey, are investing $10 million in an “innovation center” that will research ways to revolutionize healthcare, like by allowing patients to video chat with their primary doctor.
There is little doubt they will make some significant process in the way patients interact with healthcare providers, but for those who still operate on antiquated systems, this research is worrisome because it means they need to update their systems, less they get left behind as progress is made.
As these healthcare providers begin to look for ways to update their systems, they should be looking to the cloud. Today, cloud computing is just as secure as any other data vault. By upgrading to the cloud, healthcare providers can see immediate results like:
- Lower cost of IT infrastructure and software, as these would be housed by your cloud provider
- Accelerated deployment when new technologies are integrated
- Adaptability as your systems change
For hospitals and other large healthcare providers, underlying systems became outdated not because of a lack of attention, but because of the natural order of priorities at their facilities (obviously a patient will get priority over taking time to upgrade old systems). Luckily, AAJ specializes in cloud computing, and we’re here to help. If you’re interested in updating your legacy systems, we have a webinar available where you can get started. Click here to learn more.