HealthIT Outcomes 8/12/19
Facts are facts, and while you have to accept them, you don’t always have to live with them. Case in point are healthcare’s data challenges. Complete medical records must be readily accessible for care teams to take prompt and effective action. Included in that is the ability to view images, which are growing both in volume and size. Key applications must perform reliably and without delay, too. Further, healthcare has regulations like the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Fines and ruined reputations follow when you fail to meet privacy and security requirements.
The cloud would seem to provide a solution to the capacity and access challenges. But many in healthcare have been wary about using the cloud for critical patient data and applications. That’s not just understandable, it’s prudent: the public cloud alone falls short on meeting industry demands, especially when it comes to performance: the cloud has a serious latency problem. This latency is unavoidable because the enormous facilities built by big public cloud providers are typically situated in rural locations, hundreds, sometimes thousands of miles from customer clusters in metro areas. The real estate is cheap, so that helps bring storage costs down. That’s the good news. But the bad news is that you can’t change the speed of light. No matter how big your connection is, that kind of distance introduces unavoidable latency.