Healthcare providers need to revisit their technology strategy – more specifically their cloud strategy

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACCA) commonly referred to as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or “ObamaCare” is probably the most significant change in the United States’ healthcare history since 1965 with the passage of Medicare and Medicaid.  As of March 31, 2014 open enrollment closed.  However, exception enrollment opportunities may still be available for those that have not yet enrolled.  Visit https://www.healthcare.gov/ for more information.

It’s very obvious that Americans have their own feelings about the program which I am not going to address in this blog.  From a technology standpoint there are opportunities for Healthcare IT since they have to adhere to the new requirements but also because they have long strived to reduce costs while improving patient care.  Some of these opportunities may occur in evaluating traditional approaches versus cloud adoption.  Technology has significantly evolved over the years and it’s now time to plan for modernizing business processes and operations.

Providing high-quality clinical care is not feasible without the support of strategic, cohesive, and nimble IT systems. More fully aligning medical care with technology allows IT systems and staff to improve their effectiveness.  Healthcare providers need to look at more contemporary and pioneering ways to not only deliver more efficient care to patients and providers but also to quickly comply with the law.

This is where the cloud comes into the picture.  Adopting the usage of resources to make it easy to provision is important to support the healthcare mandates.  Cloud computing features such as agility and time-to-market advantages make adoption pretty attractive.

Understandably some healthcare providers are questioning security by potentially failing an audit or compromising data.  However, the fact is that regardless if it’s co-located or cloud, the function of planning and which technology employed is more important than where the data is actually stored.

One of the goals of the Act is to provide more efficient and effective healthcare to Americans.  To do that healthcare organizations will need better automation, collaboration and information sharing.  One of the fastest, least expensive and effective ways to accomplish this is to consider cloud computing.

Healthcare IT modernization is set to accelerate as information sharing will now need to be in place considering in the past a lot of data was not previously shared.  This will actually make providers’ jobs easier.  While exchanges are not new required deadlines and data management and regulation now makes cloud that much more important.

Digitization of patient medical information will drive advanced levels of information sharing and collaboration between insurance providers and doctors.  Key systems and security changes need to happen to accommodate ObamaCare. There are certainly some advantages considering there will be less human handling, less margin for mistakes, more timely responses and decision making as well as using information sharing to better serve patients and health providers in general.

Americans have their own perceptions and many have strong opinions about the Act but it brings about a great opportunity for healthcare IT to make significant changes and modernize their organization.  It’s the perfect and necessary time for healthcare providers to revisit their technology strategy – more specifically their cloud strategy.

Debbie Brandt

Marketing Manager

ConQuest Technology Services

dbrandt@conquest247.com

April 1 2014

 

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Director of Channels and Marketing At ConQuest Technology Services, we provide our customers with solutions and services allowing organizations to develop short-and long term IT strategies and deploy them at their own pace. Whether deploying collaboration tools for the first time, seeking to use existing investments, or supplementing existing solutions with specific collaboration products, ConQuest Technology Services is here to support enterprises invest wisely to dramatically improve collaboration and accelerate growth. KEY FACTS ABOUT CONQUEST Headquarters: 4675 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Suite 302 Coral Gables, FL 33146 305-374-8788 www.conquest247.com • Microsoft Gold Partner for 10+ years • Awarded CRN’s Next-Gen 250 - recognized as a solution provider with a new approach to client support (2013) • Microsoft Partner of the Year – Voice Deployment Built On Microsoft® Lync (2012) • Microsoft Partner of the Year – Best Communication Solutions (2011) • Microsoft’s go-to partner for UC and Cloud technologies in South-east USA Conquest Technology Services : • Offers Business Consulting to help develop cost-effective deployment plans, defining ROI benefits, and cost of ownership for On-Prem, Cloud and Hybrid technology solutions • Builds IT Infrastructure in the cloud to deliver secure infrastructure, storage & backup, protected BYOD mobility solutions and communications-linked business applications providing data/voice/video. • Provides managed services to provide secure, scalable IT environments to support our clients business needs. For more information please visit www.conquest247.com or call 305-374-8788.

One Response to Healthcare providers need to revisit their technology strategy – more specifically their cloud strategy

  1. Johnb423 says:

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