- As health IT infrastructure becomes more advanced, organizations are adopting big data analytics incentives, mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) devices collecting information that needs to be stored. As Charged with the task of managing more data, they struggle to scale traditional on-premise solutions to meet the demands of structured and unstructured clinical data.
Cloud storage solutions in healthcare allow facilities to expand and scale their IT infrastructures to meet the demands set by advanced analytics and connected medical devices to decrease overall costs and save on space needed to house physical servers.
Based on market reports from Global Industry Analysts, MarketsandMarkets, and Reportbuyer, HITInfrastructure.com presents the following list of top healthcare cloud storage companies and how they meet specific healthcare needs.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) focuses on helping healthcare providers deliver efficient, quality care to patients through reducing the time needed to run existing workloads and providing access to useful analytics capabilities. AWS also prioritizes meeting all security and privacy requirements. The cloud storage vendor gives providers access to archiving solutions and allows hospitals to store backup servers in the cloud to save space. AWS also eases information security by managing over 1800 security controls and grants providers access to the right resources through technology and consulting partners useful for a variety of applications. AWS also collaborates with other cloud vendors including VMware to offer organizations options for public and private cloud deployments.
Microsoft Azure is one of the most widely used healthcare cloud providers. The collection of integrated cloud services offers healthcare organizations solutions ranging from the Internet of Things (IoT) to big data and analytics. Microsoft Azure equips providers with the necessary tools to engage patients, empower care teams, and optimize clinical and operational effectiveness. The cloud provider also offers services to care coordination, clinical analytics, remote patient monitoring, and clinical analysis.
Dell EMC Secure Healthcare Cloud offers HIPAA-compliant security and disaster recovery. The cloud provider hosts applications, and assists users in building a private cloud or integrating Dell’s solutions into their existing infrastructure. Dell is focused on building users a secure healthcare cloud equipped with administrative, physical and technical controls to fulfill the requirements of clinical data management. Offering a range of features such as a logically partitioned network, computer and storage layers, single sign-on and secure messaging, Dell EMC has a consistent record of matching healthcare provider needs with secure solutions.
Google Cloud Platform
Google Cloud Platform offers evolving infrastructure with big data and analytics capabilities through a focus on developing code over configuring servers. Google Cloud Platform strives to meet stringent security, and compliance controls, including HIPAA, so healthcare organizations can trust their infrastructure meets all relevant regulations. The cloud provider offers a variety of products including cloud storage and databases, cloud virtual networks, and a cloud machine learning engine.
IBM supplies healthcare organizations with the necessary tools and technology to deliver quality patient care using a cloud service with apps and services integrated with cognitive and analytics capabilities for valuable insights. IBM offers a variety of secure, scalable, private cloud options available in more than 45 data centers worldwide. The cloud platform integrates DevOps tools to accelerate the development and delivery of web and mobile services. To help providers with the inundation of healthcare data they deal with each day, IBM provides services including the IoT to promote improved patient care and health outcomes.
ClearDATA prioritizes healthcare security and managing sensitive healthcare data through compliance and security safeguards, healthcare expertise, and DevOps automation. ClearDATA equips healthcare providers with the tools to deal with the large volume of data and analysis involved in population health management, the transition from volume-based care to value-based reimbursement, and the complex regulations setting expectations for coding, reimbursement, PHI protection, and quality of care.
Intel specializes in facilitating workflows and customized treatments in clinical and distributed care settings using data analytics and clinical decision support. Intel also provides resources for mobile healthcare teams for consolidating patient data and transferring patient information wirelessly before the patient arrives onsite.
Rackspace, soon partnering with Google, specializes in managing the world’s leading clouds, with technical and professional certifications to manage a variety of cloud providers including AWS. One of Rackspace’s premiere features is Openstack—a way for users to manage containerized, virtualized, and bare metal applications across public, private, and hybrid clouds using a single standard set of APIs.
Iron Mountain, Iron Mountain’s information management solutions specialize in records management, information destruction, and data backup and recovery. Iron Mountain’s scalable portfolio of health IT management solutions focus on accelerating user EHR transitions and reduce their hybrid period. The cloud provider helps manage clinical and business solutions for over 2,000 hospitals, meeting HIPAA security compliance requirements and storing electronic health information in offsite underground data centers.
SAP provides software for healthcare providers to aid with patient care delivery, care collaboration, healthcare analytics and research, and platform and technology. SAP’s analytics and real-time health IT platform helps healthcare providers with integrated patient access to information and health data exchange. SAP solutions specialize in enabling information exchange, managing risk and compliance, and personalizing healthcare and patient engagement.