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Abstract Cloud computing is a new way of delivering computing resources and services. Many managers and experts believe that it can improve health care services, benefit health care research, and change the face of health information technology.
However, as with any innovation, cloud computing should be rigorously evaluated before its widespread adoption. This paper discusses the concept and its current place in health care, and uses 4 aspects management, technology, security, and legal to evaluate the opportunities and challenges of this computing model.
Strategic planning that could be used by a health organization to determine its direction, strategy, and resource allocation when it has decided to migrate from traditional to cloud-based health services is also discussed. Health care, electronic health record, cloud computing, bioinformatics, quality improvement Introduction Cloud computing refers to an on-demand, self-service Internet infrastructure that enables the user to access computing resources anytime from anywhere [ 1 ].
It is a new model of delivering computing resources, not a new technology. Examples of commonly used non-health care applications include Microsoft Hotmail and Google Docs, while some better known applications in health care include Microsoft HealthVault and Google Health platform recently discontinued [ 2 ].
However, compared with conventional computing, this model provides three new advantages: Several articles, forums, and blogs have reported its applications in industry, business, transportation, education, and national security [ 4 - 7 ].
Health care, as with any other service operation, requires continuous and systematic innovation in order to remain cost effective, efficient, and timely, and to provide high-quality services. Many managers and experts predict that cloud computing can improve health care services, benefit health care research, and change the face of information technology IT [ 8 - 13 ].
For example, Schweitzer [ 10 ], Haughton [ 11 ], and Kabachinski [ 12 ] believe that cloud computing can reduce electronic health record EHR startup expenses, such as hardware, software, networking, personnel, and licensing fees, and therefore will encourage its adoption.
Research by Rosenthal et al shows that the biomedical informatics community, especially consortiums that share data and applications, can take advantage of the new computing paradigm [ 13 ].
As indicated in the paper by Anderson et al, data-handling problems, complexity, and expensive or unavailable computational solutions to research problems are major issues in biomedical research data management and analysis [ 14 ].
Several informatics innovations have demonstrated that cloud computing has the potential to overcome these difficulties [ 15 - 21 ]. Despite the many benefits associated with cloud computing applications for health care, there are also several management, technology, security, and legal issues to be addressed.
The aim of this paper is to discuss the concept of cloud computing, its current applications in health care, the challenges and opportunities, and how to implement strategic planning when the organization has decided to move to the new model of service. A New Economic Computing Model Cloud computing is still a developing paradigm, and its definition, attributes, and characteristics will evolve over time.
Vaquero et al studied more than 20 definitions and tried to extract a consensus definition as well as a minimum definition containing the essential characteristics. Based on the study, they defined cloud computing as follows [ 22 ]: These resources can be dynamically re-configured to adjust to a variable load scaleallowing also for an optimum resource utilization.
This pool of resources is typically exploited by a pay-per-use model in which guarantees are offered by the Infrastructure Provider by means of customizedService-Level Agreements. From a service point of view, cloud computing includes 3 archetypal models: The applications eg, EHRs are hosted by a cloud service provider and made available to customers over a network, typically the Internet.
The development tools eg, operation systems are hosted in the cloud and accessed through a browser. With PaaS, developers can build Web applications without installing any tools on their computer, and then deploy those applications without any specialized administrative skills.
The cloud user outsources the equipment used to support operations, including storage, hardware, servers, and networking components.
The provider owns the equipment and is responsible for housing, running, and maintaining it. The user typically pays on a per-use basis.The leading provider of market research reports and industry analysis on products, markets, companies, industries, and countries worldwide.
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