Both healthcare providers and patients have a lot to gain from mobile healthcare technology. From accessing care from home through a teleconsult to physicians being able to use all systems regardless of location, mobile healthcare presents opportunities for both cost savings and optimized care.
While healthcare may have more to gain from mobility strategies when compared to other industries, it also has more challenges standing in the way. Luckily, secure cloud environments can address some of the issues. The following are just a sampling of the roadblocks that are creating delays in the ability to adopt mobile healthcare as the standard for care:
Security and compliance: Every enterprise is losing sleep at night over securing data, but those in the healthcare industry have more to monitor and to lose than the typical organization. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) holds healthcare enterprises to a specific standard of compliance and security, with specific regulations about patient data that also impact providers and third parties.
This concern is balanced with the need for data access in order to efficiently and accurately diagnose and care for patients, utilizing their health history and current medications in a timely manner.
Cloud computing such as desktop as a service (DaaS) and other cloud environments can address the security concerns of the healthcare organization looking at mobility. A business cloud services provider should be able to convey exactly how secure a healthcare organizations’ data will be once it moves to the cloud.
Complexity: Introducing mobility into a healthcare organization can seem like adding a whole layer of complexity on top of an already-complex IT environment. And it can be exactly that if a healthcare organizations’ IT personnel and technology aren’t ready for the networking challenge of mobile.
Cloud environments can alleviate the inevitable complex nature of adding mobility to a healthcare organization’s IT landscape. With entire infrastructure in the cloud, hosted on secure environments, and managed by a reliable business cloud services provider, an organization’s network will not only support mobility, but flourish with it.
Customization: Every organization is different — some may have more localized needs, more app-based needs, or more remote networking needs. With going mobile, there is no “one size fits all” model for every healthcare operation, so mobile healthcare services have the challenge of not only finding the right solution but implementing it.
Custom cloud environments help healthcare businesses navigate the new world of mobility regardless of what kind of network configurations, security requirements, or control they need to have. Business cloud services providers like Effortless walk healthcare organizations through initial audits and steps to figure out what kinds of customizable elements they will need as part of their mobility strategy to make it seamless and glitch-free. The cloud is a natural fit for customization needs, and any healthcare organization thinking about moving to a more mobile model will need to explore cloud options.
To learn more about the developing technology for mobile healthcare or to discuss cloud solutions that deliver maximum uptime and robust security features for your healthcare environment, contact us at Effortless.