Forecasting The Climate Of Healthcare Information Systems

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Cloud Computing: Forecasting the Climate of Healthcare Information Systems Healthcare Provider Organizations in the United States are going through a major restructuring process. New regulations are being imposed, new standards are being created to adopt, and financial pressures are increasing for healthcare institutions. In the midst of this whirlpool of changes, healthcare leaders are constantly looking for befitting solutions that can empower them with instruments that sustain the system against any turbulance and help leaders guide their organizations towards success. In this turbulent journey, information technology has come up to assist the leaders with the novel concept of cloud computing. The purpose of this article is to…show more content…
The Act has brought mandatory changes for healthcare providers to adopt, implement, and demonstrate the meaningful use of Electronic Health Records (EHR) and other health information technology instruments by 2015, so as to continue to receive full Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act 2009).1 This paper-to-digital transition requires a significant amount of change in the current information management solutions of healthcare organizations and demands a new approach in healthcare information management. Technically speaking, hospitals, physicians’ clinics, and Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASCs) will require quick access to computing and large storage facilities which may or may not be available in the traditional settings. Moreover, in accountable care structures, healthcare data such as Protected Health Information (PHI) will need to be shared across various settings and geographies to provide accurate patient care.2 To absorb this change, healthcare providers operating under traditional paper-based arrangements will have to invest in technological capital and establish an Information Technology section which initially will require significant amount of planning and resources. Even now when the majority of healthcare organizations are struggling to maintain their profit margins and are staggering to get hold of cash flows, this additional mandatory investment will
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