While using the cloud’s inevitable, it’s harder to work out how to use it. Smart Strategies For Moving Healthcare Workloads to the Cloud, a guide from Connection and Health Data Management, can help Africa’ health systems find some answers.
A trend seems clear. Cloud computing isn’t the answer for all healthcare information workloads for providers and payers. It’s main role is for software, infrastructure, platforms, security, storage and desktops that drive migration of key workloads from in-house legacy systems to third-party managed services and colocation options, each with Service Level Agreements (SLA). These include:
- Software as a Service (SaaS)
- Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
- Platform as a Service (PaaS)
- Storage as a Service
- Security as a Service (SECaaS)
- Desktop as a Service (DaaS).
Each of these fits with eHealth that’s appropriate for the cloud, Connection proposes:
- Regulatory compliance and mandates
- Claims processing
- eDiscovery, including litigation in healthcare
Next up’s cloud vendor selection. Choices and requirements are:
- Vendor-neutral approach to technologies and supplier brands
- Business-centric approach to recommendations instead of an overemphasis on specific technologies
- Expertise in security and patient privacy, which’s becoming the most important feature of healthcare organisations’ information activities
- Realistic understanding of workloads that should or shouldn’t move to the cloud, and how to move them
- How to deploy and manage a broad set of healthcare technology tools.
The guide’s a valuable checklist that Africa’s health systems can follow. The cloud offers some valuable benefits, but using it appropriately’s challenging.