The pros and cons of moving to the cloud for providers

The healthcare cloud market continues to mature, and healthcare provider IT leadership has moved from skepticism to acceptance of the cloud as an IT service delivery model.

Healthcare CIOs are becoming more comfortable with the public cloud as an option than in the past, and have begun to adopt cloud-based solutions where the benefits are clear and the risks are acceptable.

A fully developed plan

Despite the many advantages cloud technology can bring healthcare providers, it’s important for health systems and hospitals to be aware that the benefits of the cloud can only be maximized if there is a fully developed plan supporting the migration.

“Moving to the cloud can lead to a whole host of benefits but it really depends on the purpose of moving to begin with,” Dr. Abed Saif, founding partner and director of cybersecurity advisory services specialist AbedGraham, told HealthcareITNews. “It can lead to more flexible working practices, reduced in-house costs, access to more powerful applications and computing power, and even more resilient and secure systems.”

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He cautioned, however, that these benefits are not universal and there will be problematic deployments and unexpected costs.

“It takes a dedicated team that’s well-resourced and effectively led to see through an effective cloud transition and manage it on an ongoing basis,” he said. “The latter point is the biggest con but is critical for achieving benefits.”

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