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Cloud Hosting: Four Reasons Healthcare Facilities Should Be Looking to the Cloud

June 13th, 2023
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Staying up-to-date on technology is one of many challenges healthcare IT professionals face today. Choosing the right solution is a delicate balance of cost, reliability, and user acceptance to achieve overall efficiency, staff satisfaction, and greater quality of care. For facilities not already doing so, running essential software and managing data in the cloud may be the right way to achieve that balance.

Cost Savings
Cloud hosting relieves healthcare facilities from many burdens that come with managing on-premise servers as updates, backups, and uptime are managed by cloud-based healthcare management software providers. As a result, using the cloud allows hospitals and long-term care centers to avoid significant upfront investments in hardware, maintenance, and additional personnel required to manage on-site data centers. Pay-as-you-go SaaS options also offer more flexibility and greater freedom to allocate budgets towards improving staff satisfaction/retention, and better patient outcomes.

Cloud hosting is a highly effective way to properly manage sensitive patient data, especially for multi-facility and growing hospital networks. Cloud-based applications easily enable enterprise management by integrating data and configuration settings from all participating locations into one centrally managed data warehouse. Changes, additions, and updates can be implemented across all facilities from any location or device with internet access. So, even during staff shortages, systems can be managed remotely by qualified professionals regardless of their physical location.  Cloud hosting also promotes seamless collaboration between various healthcare stakeholders, including hospitals, clinics, laboratories, and pharmacies.

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As part of any hospital’s multi-pronged approach to security and compliance with industry regulations, cloud hosting offers advanced security features to guard against breaches that could expose sensitive data. These include encryption, access controls, and regular security audits to protect patient information from unauthorized access and loss. Cloud-based backup and recovery solutions also ensure that critical information can be quickly restored in the event of a system failure, safeguarding continuity of care and minimizing downtime.

As healthcare networks continue to grow, cloud hosting facilitates easy platform scaling. With applications managed through cloud providers, hospitals and long-term care facilities can scale to meet changing needs.  This may include expanding storage, increasing computing power, merging facilities, or adding sites through M&A deals.

For organizations operating in the healthcare space, cloud hosting is a highly effective way to manage IT infrastructure and resources while delivering exceptional patient care. TouchPoint Medical is committed to providing solutions that address the needs of today’s healthcare professionals and the patients they serve. Our ADCs powered by cloud-based MedLogic software offer features that promote the highest security, flexibility, and efficiency. Our clients continue to own and control their own data and we provide everything needed to properly manage that data today and into the future, including dedicated support.