Healthcare Clinical Information Systems can be hosted in the cloud as described in this HealthcareIT News article. Hospitals are not rushing to embrace public clouds rather for privacy and security reasons hospitals are hosting applications in a private cloud. A radiology application is highlighted, for example Carestream Vue – the benefit being collaborative view of radiology images amongst phyisicans who don’t have to use a computer at the hospital to use the RIS/PACS software.
To translate the HealthIT News article terminology into cloud computing terms, I will quote some of the sentences and provide links and details
“Cloud-based healthcare IT services reduce or indeed eliminate investment costs and replace them with running costs.”
Enables the user to deploy whatever tool and whatever client wherever they want. And in addition, they don’t have to become IT gurus themselves to maintain the system
In cloud computing “investment costs” = CAPEX (Capital Expenditure) and “running costs” = OPEX (Operational Expenditure). For healthIT professionals who need an overview of cloud computing, please see this post
Software as a service (SaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) have been marketed as potentially attractive alternatives to buying large-scale information systems