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Q: Individuals now have unlimited access to health information and, as a result, they have become actively involved in improving their health. There are now close to 400,000 health apps that monitor a variety of health data – heart rate, blood pressure, sleep patterns, calories intake, physical activity, blood glucose, cholesterol levels, and several other parameters. This self-monitoring information is set to increase, get more accurate, and transform how healthcare will be delivered to the people. Cloud computing comes to the forefront here as it helps with storage of private and confidential patient data. It enables healthcare professionals and citizens/patients to access their data at any time and place. Health organizations use cloud computing to reduce costs, simplify management, and improve services in a safe and secure manner. Clinicians can be more flexible in their work as they are not confined to their office to access patients’ health records. Healthcare professionals can also exchange information about a patient with their colleagues at other locations to inform or negotiate about possible medical options. Cloud services available to health and life science organizations today extend well beyond email and communications, meetings and collaboration. Hospitals and physicians are starting to see cloud-based medical records and medical image archiving services. The objective is to offload a burdensome task from hospital IT departments and allow them to focus on supporting other imperatives such as EMR adoption and improved clinical support systems.

a. What are the advantages of adopting cloud computing in hospitals? Give an example of an Indian hospital chain that has successfully adopted cloud computing.

b. What are different cloud adoption models? Explain certain security challenges in implementing cloud computing at hospitals?


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