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There are many benefits to cloud adoption for your health IT. Cloud server hosting—storing, managing, and accessing data and applications on remote servers over the internet—is changing the approach to health IT for practices everywhere. If your practice is currently hosting health IT software on premises or at a co-location facility, and is considering making the switch to a cloud-based solution, read on.

By embracing cloud computing, many practices can reduce costs, increase efficiency, and streamline operations. Is it right for your practice?

Here’s a breakdown of the benefits of cloud-hosted tech to assist you in making an informed decision.

Advantages of cloud-hosting

Scalability and flexibility

Cloud platforms enable your practice to scale infrastructure resources up or down based on demand. This means you can adapt quickly to changing needs and accommodate growth without incurring major upfront investments.

Improved data accessibility and availability

Cloud solutions ensure that healthcare data is securely stored, easily accessible, and available whenever needed. This enables timely access to patient information, reduces administrative burdens, and supports better-informed decision-making—all of which can improve patient outcomes.

Cost savings

By eliminating the need for extensive on-premises infrastructure, your practice can reduce hardware and maintenance costs. Cloud adoption allows your practice to pay for resources on a consumption basis, which improves cost efficiency.

Better security and compliance
Public cloud providers invest heavily in security measures and compliance certifications. They offer adherence to stringent data privacy regulations. They employ advanced security protocols, regular audits, and encryption techniques to safeguard sensitive healthcare data and protect against cyber threats.

More opportunities for innovation
Cloud adoption can position healthcare organizations to better take advantage of a wide range of cutting-edge technologies, such as big data analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning. Improved access to these technologies can drive innovation in areas like precision medicine, population health management, and predictive analytics.

Disaster recovery and business continuity
Cloud-based backup and disaster recovery solutions ensure that your practice can quickly restore critical systems and data in the event of a disruption or outage. This minimizes downtime, ensures continuity of patient care, and safeguards against data loss.

Improved patient engagement
Many practices leverage the cloud to deploy patient-centric solutions more easily. These solutions include patient portals, mobile applications, and remote monitoring systems.

Analytics and research
Cloud platforms have proven instrumental in supporting data analytics, clinical research, and product development. Ambulatory practices can leverage the scalability and processing power of the cloud to derive actionable insights from vast amounts of practice data.

Whether you decide to retain your current on-premises health IT infrastructure, or move to a cloud-based approach, keeping an open mind and continually striving towards adoption of the best available technology for your practice can result in numerous benefits for your staff, providers, and patients.

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John Ellis, DO
Vice President of Regulatory & Clinical Affairs at NextGen Healthcare
Dr. Ellis is a board-certified Family Medicine physician who serves as the Vice President of the Regulatory & Clinical Affairs team at NextGen Healthcare. His previous experience includes working as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine and serving as the Chairman of the Family Medicine Department at Arrowhead Abrazo Community Hospital. Dr. Ellis founded h...