THE CLOUD: THE KILLER APP FOR BIG
What is the Cloud?
Cloud Allows Central Storage of Medical Records, Healthcare Services, and Big Data
The “Cloud” is simply a metaphor, that represents a group of servers that has unlimited storage, remotely from the user. A computer-device can access the information or program without downloading the program on their computer device. Confused? Well, just think of the “Cloud” as a hard drive that is not on your computer, but is in a remote location, but accessible to you. You have access to it, but do not have to have the storage space on your device, or may not have the storage on you device for memory-eating programs. That allows you to use programs are expensive, complicated, that you would not normally use. See this SOURCE for an example of how the Cloud is used in a situation of monitoring patient compliance with medications.
The Cloud is one of the factors that caused the “Convergence” referred to, by Eric Topol MD, in his “Creative Destruction of Medicine“. Along with Smart Phones, Broadband, and Wireless, these factors are currently causing the “digital revolution” that this website is trying to describe. Use of the Cloud cause the user less expense, less maintainence, and less headaches overall in managing useful strong applications and programs provided by third parties.
Cloud Computing and Medical Applications
One of the prime uses of the Cloud is to store medical records, where anyone with a password, provided by the patient, or healthcare facility, can access medical records in a central place. Privacy concerns are currently evolving, as you read this.
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One further step, called “Pervasive Computing”
“In an increasingly IT-driven world, healthcare providers are using cloud-based technologies to facilitate the exchange of patient information and to provide IT services at lower costs and faster speeds. In 2011, the penetration of cloud in the healthcare industry was estimated at 4 percent and valued at $1.7 billion. Moreover, according to report forecasts, the compound annual growth rate of the cloud computing market will grow 20.5 percent from 2010 to 2017.”