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IHT2_logoMy colleagues at the Institute for Health Technology Transformation (IHT2) have recently released an important special report. Entitled Answers to Healthcare Leaders’ Cloud Questions, the report address many of the concerns and issues that healthcare executives might have regarding the use of “the cloud”.

The report notes that healthcare is relatively slow adopting cloud-based solutions compared to other industries. Although many healthcare organizations have “something” on the cloud (such as email and picture archiving and communications systems, or PACS), there is reluctance to move their main information systems to the cloud.

This report by the IHT2 addresses many commonly-held concerns about the cloud, including:

  • Security
  • Compliance
  • Availability
  • Bandwidth
  • Cost
  • Staffing
  • Data storage
  • Migration to the cloud

If your healthcare organization is considering (or in the process of migrating to) the use of the cloud in healthcare, I strongly encourage you to read this report by the IHT2 (there is no cost, but a short email sign-up is required).

For further reading, here are some other articles I’ve written on the use of the cloud in healthcare:

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NIHI_logoMy good friends at the National Institutes of Health Informatics (Twitter: @NIHI_info) have just launched their new blog! The NIHI blog address is: https://nihicanada.wordpress.com/

NIHI is a leading source of health informatics education, resources, and innovation. I’m proud to have conducted several web-based healthcare analytics workshops in conjunction with NIHI. My workshop topics have including developing an analytics strategy, advanced healthcare performance measurement, and most recently, using R in healthcare. Plus, we’ve got some very exciting new sessions planned for the fall of 2015, so stay tuned!

In the mean time, I invite you to visit the NIHI blog, and join us in the conversation!

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Four Important Ways That Analytics Transforms Healthcare Decision-Making

by Trevor Strome May 4, 2015

The Challenge – Increasing Need for Actionable Insight. Healthcare transformation efforts require decision makers to use information to understand all aspects of an organization’s performance. In addition to knowing what has happened, decision makers now require insight into what is likely going to happen, what the improvement priorities of the organization should be, and what […]

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by Trevor Strome April 28, 2015

The Institute for Health Technology Transformation, or IHT2, is releasing a new report today entitled “12 Things You Need to Know About Value-Based Reimbursement: Building an Infrastructure for Financial Risk.” The IHT2 states that “the report has drawn insights from industry analysts, leading healthcare providers, and healthcare IT leaders to describe the strategies some large healthcare systems […]

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by Trevor Strome April 27, 2015

Sign up for email updates before midnight on May 15th, and you could win a free copy of my book Healthcare Analytics for Quality and Performance Improvement, a $75.00 value! Why am I giving away a copy of my popular book Healthcare Analytics for Quality and Performance Improvement? I’ve just started on my next major publishing project, a […]

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Why Nurses Must Understand Analytics and Quality Improvement

by Trevor Strome April 13, 2015

In my role as a healthcare analytics and quality improvement (QI) professional (and, now an Assistant Professor with the local College of Nursing), I find myself regularly in discussions with nursing professionals regarding how analytics and QI impact their roles. A common thread in these discussions revolves around why, how, and where nurses should learn […]

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by Trevor Strome February 3, 2015

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A Primer on Healthcare Cloud Computing

by Trevor Strome January 29, 2015

The following article is a brief summary of an article that I wrote for SearchHealthIT. The National Institute for Standards and Technology defines cloud computing as “a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and […]

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What You Need to Know About Healthcare Analytics on the Cloud

by Trevor Strome January 22, 2015

This is a summary of a recent article I wrote for SearchHealthIT.com.  The promise of cloud-based analytics Because of the computing power, data storage, and network bandwidth that some modern analytics and simulations require, the healthcare industry requires cost-effective and scalable solutions. Cloud-based services offer a promising option. Many of the reporting and analytics tools used […]

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Healthcare Analytics Q&A: What Are the “Three V’s” of Big Data?

by Trevor Strome January 20, 2015

Healthcare Analytics “Q&A” Series Every day, I receive emails from readers of HealthcareAnalytics.info asking questions about healthcare analytics topics, trends, and issues. These questions arise out of posts they’ve read on this website or encountered elsewhere. Although I endeavour to answer each question individually, I’ve created this “Question & Answer” series on HealthcareAnalytics.info to provide […]

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