The growth in the amount of data to be managed in healthcare shows no signs of slowing. Records of patient encounters are just the tip of the iceberg.
The increased use of connected digital medical devices and health information exchanges (HIE) means that healthcare providers are collecting, storing, and sharing more data than ever in their electronic health records (EHRs). On top of that, analytics programs, which are still in their early stages, are now generating a continuous stream of reports that need to be shared across health systems. And coming soon will be the need to store genomic data as precision medicine uncovers new treatments.
The challenges posed by this growth of data and the need to support collaborate teams is part of the appeal for migrating the EHR and other IT functions to a cloud.