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Get Off of My Cloud!
Most agree that mobility and agility are the future. The cloud is the infrastructure which enables them. The cloud is the delivery of computing as a service, not a product — akin to a utility. The cloud enables technology to propel the speed of business.
Friends recently returned from a trip abroad. The advanced wireless infrastructures found in third-world countries both astounded and pleased them. By unintentionally leapfrogging the technological revolution, these regions had bypassed the incremental advancements of the last 30 years and gone straight from laggard to leader. Societies that have not had a telephony infrastructure, for example, are suddenly delivering the highest per capita cellular subscribers.
Leapfrog advancement. Can we do it in healthcare IT? Maybe a better question to ask is: do we need to?
YES! Mobility, enabled by the cloud, is the path to the future.
Healthcare organizations viewed as laggards now have the potential to leapfrog peers. The cloud will empower them to bypass heavy capital investment and kludgy hardware and render single-organization data centers obsolete. You can shrink implementation timelines from months to weeks. Focus your institution on implementation and optimization rather than worry over floor space or cooling requirements.
If we don’t transform our organizations by routing capital away from brick and mortar to cloud-based mobile applications and services, the third world will pass us up.
As legacy hardware and software contracts expire, look for cloud alternatives. Basic requirements for any new application should include cloud capabilities. If the vendor has no cloud offering, be concerned. Ask deep questions. You don’t want the clock turn to 2015 and you still have data centers bursting at the seams with legacy applications residing on heavy iron.
The cloud has been around for several years in one form or another. Non-healthcare industries have embraced the cloud successfully. Some worry about security, yet the number of incidents are no different in the cloud versus in-house. Breaches occur in both. Security is not the barrier.
As a leader, show courage. Move your organization forward. Become relevant by leveraging mobility. Embrace the cloud!
Hey you, get onto my cloud!
Ed Marx is a CIO currently working for a large integrated health system. Ed encourages your interaction through this blog. Add a comment by clicking the link at the bottom of this post. You can also connect with him directly through his profile pages on social networking sites LinkedIn and Facebook and you can follow him via Twitter — user name marxists.