New technologies in healthcare are being implemented at an increasingly rapid pace, creating game changers in the way medical personnel approach, diagnose and treat life threatening emergencies.
The research company Gartner has made a prediction that $1 trillion typically used for IT spending will now be targeted towards cloud computing rather than conventional IT equipment. Companies are more commonly spending their budgets on software rather than physical equipment that performs the same duties. This industry shift in spending on the cloud indicates the increasing realization of its importance.
As businesses move to the cloud, IT Service Management (ITSM) tools within the cloud are becoming increasingly common. The IT Information Library (ITIL) best practice approach to ITSM does not currently target the cloud, but its best practice approach to service management has resonated throughout the cloud-based application industry. This approach allows organizations to use IT to realize business change, transformation, and growth. ITIL's principles have been implemented in efficient and cost effective cloud-based analytical software applications today, however, further updates are required to target the following specific areas:
Athens Regional Health System is one of northeast Georgia's largest healthcare systems. ARHS is made up of an acute care hospital with 350-plus beds, four urgent care centers, a network of quality physicians and specialists, and a home health agency. ARHS was named the Large Hospital of the Year for the State of Georgia by the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals. Today, ARHS is recognized as one of the top 100 hospitals in the nation preferred by women.
Having a quality IT system is critical in running any efficient business, and a large hospital such as ARHS is no exception. Louis Duhé, Vice President and CIO, says that the hospital needed a new solution to their IT needs—one that was more efficient than their current in-house developed help desk application.
IT Change Management has many benefits including automating the submission, tracking, and approval for IT changes. It also cuts costs, reduces support calls and increases employee productivity.
When thinking about these benefits, there is also the advantage of helping your company become more secure by having your change management platform in a HIPAA-compliant cloud infrastructure. A recent InformationAge article from Giva explains these benefits in detail: The five reasons to keep change management in a HIPAA compliant cloud
Although many cloud vendors have been around for years, it does not mean they are HIPAA compliant. Make sure your company does its research before choosing which vendor they will trust to keep their information secure.
As of late, the healthcare industry has become the target to hackers trying to steal patients' private information such as social security numbers and health records. Now more than ever, healthcare organizations must do all they can to keep patient information secure. Using software in the cloud can provide many benefits, but with the sensitivity of healthcare records, organizations might be hesitant to move to the cloud. However, cloud software companies are rising to this challenge, making switching to using the cloud for health IT a more viable option.
The healthcare industry is moving towards using the cloud. More and more healthcare CIOs are choosing cloud systems for their businesses. Storing data in the cloud makes it easier to access and easier to share. Still, there have been some concerns about how secure the cloud is and if using the cloud is HIPAA-compliant. The transition to using the cloud is underway, so let us take a closer look at healthcare and the cloud.
In today's world, many consumers are becoming increasingly concerned about the state of the environment. They worry about the depletion of natural resources, the overflowing of landfills, and the pollution of airways and water sources. To address this concern, more corporations are introducing 'green' or eco-friendly products into the market. The sad truth, however, is that there is a lack of regulation when it comes to claims companies can make regarding how 'green' their products are. More often than not, a product is not as eco-friendly as a company declares it to be.
So how can one tell if a product really is 'green'? Here are a few red flags to watch out for, and a few tips for being a smarter, greener consumer.