When cloud computing was first introduced, many healthcare facilities were hesitant to utilize the services for fear security inadequacies. As the cloud becomes more widely adopted by a wide range of industries, however, this trend is changing.
According to a new study conducted by Healthcare IT News, roughly one-third of healthcare organizations are currently using the technology to guarantee data quality
, while nearly half of medical facilities have plans to use cloud computing to enhance database management in the future. The increasing adoption comes hand-in-hand with the need for off-site storage that enables applications and information to be accessible from anywhere.
According to a study by CompTIA, more healthcare organizations are adopting mobile technologies like electronic medical records.
"As mobile devices and applications have become more user-friendly, affordable and powerful, the appeal to businesses of all types, including healthcare providers, has grown exponentially," CompTIA research vice president Tim Herbert said.
As decision-makers adopt EHRs and implement bring-your-own-device programs, utilizing the cloud will enable companies to keep data quality consistent, regardless of how or where the information is accessed.
By Richard Jones