An article in the April 17, 2019, edition of Healthcare IT News (from HIMSS Media), by John Donohue, has the important title, "3 questions to ask before putting a healthcare application in the cloud." According to Donohue: "Several years ago, many experts were indicating that by 2020 everything would be running in the cloud." He continued: "Speed to market, costs savings, optimized processing environments, elasticity, agility — the hype was real. Organizations began to adopt Cloud First strategies. Cloud articles were dominating the headlines and cloud vendors were investing big time and pushing for traction and momentum."
Still, the article continued: These, according to the article, include "private cloud," which, "typically run in their own data centers and support mission critical applications," and "run on hyperconverged technologies that offer some unique opportunities to streamline operations and tightly integrate compute, storage and backup in one platform." "Momentum seems to be growing" for hybrid cloud in healthcare, and "the Internet of Things, machine learning, artificial intelligence and analytics will continue to drive the need for hybrid cloud technology." Also, Donohue wrote, "healthcare organizations are also leveraging Software as a Service (SaaS) for key applications. This type of delivery can be considered a cloud solution."
The article puts forth three key questions for cloud adoption in healthcare--for all current and emerging solutions:
- "Is the application performance sensitive?"
- "Is it a highly secure application?"
- "Does the application have consistent and predictable processing requirements?"
According to Donohue: "If the answer to any" of the above "is yes, we start to consider more traditional hosting alternatives like on premises data centers or SaaS. If the answers are no, we look to host them in a cloud tenant that we have established."
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