By Yair Briman, Senior VP & GM, Healthcare IT, Philips Healthcare
The cloud is powering new possibilities and expanding capabilities across healthcare, pharma and the life sciences. At the most basic, day-today operational level, storing large quantities of data in the cloud requires fewer resources for onsite support, both in terms of space and manpower. Data can be managed centrally and remotely, eliminating the need for server rooms. In addition, large on-site IT support teams are no longer necessary.
Another benefit to storing information on the cloud is remote access. This enables partner labs, hospitals, research facilities and vendors to all have access to the same information from anywhere. A researcher no longer needs to be at his/her workstation behind a firewall to get results of a recent test. Doctors do not need to be at the bedside to see how a patient is reacting to the latest stage of a clinical trial. The information they need is available to them anywhere at any time, reducing clinical decision - making time, speeding up processes and streamlining workflows.
This new web of connectedness fueled by the sharing and exchanging of data is also enhancing the information on which crucial decisions are made.