On 23 November 2021, Olinqua’s CTO – Martin Moszczynski – jumped on a webinar panel discussion with other industry peers to talk about the basic challenges in taking the document-heavy medical sector into the technology age, and ideas on how to do so.
The online seminar was organised by Wild Health and moderated by their publisher Jeremy Knibbs.
For those who cannot make it, you can now view the recorded webinar below.
Where are hospitals at with cloud healthcare?
The journey of where hospitals are at when it comes to embracing cloud varies and is different. This is of course not only influenced by the fact that each healthcare facility operates differently and have different systems and technology in place.
Most of the journey is also influenced mostly by operational considerations and context and as Martin indicated “nothing to do with tech and tech availability.”
What is a lot of less common in cloud healthcare is putting entire workloads in the cloud as there are practical limitations to this. However, there is an effort towards moving significant parts of their computer into the data centres and the cloud.
What are the key elements to advancing cloud?
All members of the panel recognised that funding models can limit the movement towards embracing cloud or a hybrid on prem and cloud model. There are though some key elements that Martin mentioned in the online seminar that is already happening and pushing cloud healthcare into hospitals.
- Focus on Cyber security: this is opening the cloud as the most secure the core infrastructure, the more secure those network connections between the networks, the more cloud becomes a viable option because you do not have to keep everything behind an air gap.
- Virtualisation: due to COVID-19, there have been increased adoptions of virtualisation – using software to deliver network resources traditionally deployed through on-premises hardware, allow healthcare teams to perform important job functions – such as delivering telehealth, regardless of location and/or devices. These are steps towards cloud healthcare.
- Interoperability: interoperability is the ability for healthcare technology systems and devices to exchange, interpret and sort data using common standards. The clinical environment is inherently complex, with disparate practices in each setting. This lends to technologies being developed within their own priorities. Interoperability should remove complexity or manual steps on the part of the healthcare workers using the technology, bringing information and data closer to the point there they are used to deliver care or make decisions in real time. “So I think that interoperability is starting to become a thing that’s happening, not something that everyone’s waiting for to happen,” commented Martin.
More on cloud healthcare
If you would like to talk more about cloud healthcare and how Olinqua can help your hospital and healthcare facility move towards this model whilst keeping operational, context and funding models in place, please get in touch.
Or come see us at the Wild Health face to face Summit – Australasian CXO Healthcare Cloud Summit – mid 2022 in Sydney.