How Healthcare Is Embracing The Cloud

The healthcare sector has been singled out as one of the industries that’s beginning to embrace cloud computing to benefit professionals and patients.

A recent article for Solutions Review offered a brief overview of how cloud computing is being used in healthcare settings, pointing out that one of the first forays many healthcare organisations make into the world of cloud computing is with the storage of patient data.

The advantage to storing this on the cloud is that it’s available to people at any hospital or healthcare facility, regardless of where they’re geographically located.

Cloud-based diagnosis systems are also growing in popularity, the news provider noted. These have the potential to free up time for medical professionals and could therefore be particularly welcome in the NHS, where resources are stretched.

The news provider explained that cloud-based diagnosis systems “implement machine learning and predictive analytics to make medical diagnoses and recommend treatment options”.

Another area of technology that’s expected to have a significant impact on healthcare is artificial intelligence (AI).

Last month, Engineering shared predictions from a report by Tractica, which predicted that the market for healthcare AI would exceed $34 billion by 2025.

The publication explained that AI has applications in many areas of healthcare, including image analysis, where it’s been used to improve the imaging diagnostics in various settings, from cancer screening to diabetic retinopathy.

AI is also proving useful in determining whether a caller to the emergency services is suffering a cardiac arrest. Technology created by Corti is currently being trialled. It uses the tone of the caller’s voice, spoken words and background noises to help make an assessment and so far has a comparable error rate to humans, while making the decision more quickly.

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