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Applying Cloud Computing in medicine part #1



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08.02.2009 · Posted in Articles, EMR - EHR, Medicine2.0

Cloud computing is the term that been buzzing in web 2.0 space for sometime now , many companies claimed that they are having cloud solutions , or cloud OS , even cloud applications framework . Those companies already existed years ago with the same solutions they claimed to be cloud . So long story short i believe its a term that describing already existing services and systems nothing more nothing less .

Cloud computing : source lonewolflibrarian.wordpress.com

Cloud computing : source lonewolflibrarian.wordpress.com

So what is this term means ? and what cloud computing has to do with medical applications ?!

What is cloud computing ?

Cloud computing is a general term describing anything that involves delivering hosted services over the Internet . Those services listed in 3 categories Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service ( PaaS ) and Software-as-a-Service ( SaaS ) . The market target and the goal for every type of those categories are different , but they all share common features as they are listed under the name ” Cloud computing ” , and to be able to know the capability and use of cloud computing in medicine , we need to know and see what are those category of services with examples .

IaaS ” Infrastructure as a Service ” :
IaaS means delivery of computer infrastructure, typically a platform virtualization environment . as an example Amazon Web Services provides virtual server instances with unique IP addresses and blocks of storage . Using the API the customer can manage ( access , start , stop , configure ,… ) their servers and storage . Most feature Infrastructure-as-a-Service has , is sharing resources as hardware resources ( servers, networking features, memory, CPU, disk space, data center facilities,… ) . sometime before someone called it ” Hardware as a service ” which it suppressed ( regarding wikipedia ) and replaced with IaaS .

PaaS ” Platform as a Service ” :
PaaS is more about development ,The platform provide the developers , development tools ( APIs , debugging , deployment ……) to create their applications on the cloud to work in this platform . The developer does not have to worry about the interface ( sometimes ) . Many WebOS considered as a Platforms , as they have API and development tools . GoogleApps also as an example of PaaS . PaaS is reducing the cost on many axises , especially using built-in infrastructure services . But the only issue should concern developers that there is no portability for their applications to move to another platform .

SaaS ” Software as a Service ” :
The target in here is the end user when the vendor has almost everything starting from the infrastructure , the software and the end user interface which the user will interact with the software ( service ) through it . The vendor also has the customer data , files and informations . Web emails , online office suites ( google documents , Zoho ) and other services alike , can be consider as a SaaS .

Cloud computing and Medical applications :

Medical applications and solutions as a service are not brand new idea , There are many companies providing medical solutions as a service , though there are many other web based solutions targeting medical and health care field as EMR ” electronic medical record ” , EHR ” electronic health record ” , PHR ” personal health record ” , also HIS ” Hospital Information Systems ” . Some large corporations also get into the market providing their services in health care area as Google and Microsoft .

Most of those services and applications are classified under SaaS ” Software as a Service ” , there is no Platform built to target medical or health care area under the classification of PaaS , also even there is many Web based application and services , along with many open source web based medical and health care solutions , there is no application begin built on specific platform yet .

Some fear buzzed up for security of medical and health care related data and information , also seems the developers not interested yet to move from their own web based services to someone else platform . especially with the portability issue .

Somehow some already joined the cloud , i believe I should mention that some research centers and educational facilities already using some Cloud services and platform to provide the collaboration , sharing and increase the productivity to the team work .

Key Characteristics for cloud computing in medicine and health care field :
-Cost effective it reduces the cost on many levels starting with the infrastructure level and ending with the development cost .
-Centralization : -All things in one place .
-Security ,
-Connectivity ,
-Collaboration ,
-Batch update and upgrade ,
-Security ,
-in SaaS ( Software as a Service ) `s level the user does not has to worry about updating , upgrading , security and support the application .
-in PaaS ( Platform as a Service ) `s level the developer does not has to worry about many development issue including the infrastructure and integration with other services .

Cloud computing and patients privacy :
The interest of protecting patients privacy is so aggressive when it comes to cloud computing , in general the people in this sector don’t suggest using PHR ” Personal Health Record ” systems provided by large companies , and the cloud services ( web based services ) provided by their insurance companies or employers . Also as many of those who are into protecting the patients privacy , most of them believes HIPAA-compliant is not that solid for cloud concept so far ( says Stuart Johnston , the associate editor of WindowsSecrets.com )

There are some questions still need answers :
1-Are the clouds will be in illegal position if it store patients record ?!
2-Hosted online web based medical application as they considered to be Software as a Service is classified as a private cloud , are they different from public cloud when it comes to store patients records ?!
3-Security of the clouds , Clouds is secured ,managed , updated and upgraded by one corporation what about security leakage , hacking , or even stolen information and data ?!

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upcoming part #2

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  • http://www.myhealthtechblog.com Deborah Leyva

    Yes, the clouds are drawing near… Once privacy & security of electronic health records on the cloud matures, it can provide a cost effective approach to migration from paper to electronic records.

    To read more about Medical Offices and the Cloud visit http://www.officeonthecloud.com

    Great post.

  • http://wellescent.com/forum/topics.php Wellescent Health Forums

    As the SaaS model matures, individual medical practices may be very well served by this approach as doctors can offload backups, upgrades and other aspects of maintaining software to someone who can do it more effectively and efficiently.

    An ideal and quite feasible scenario would simply have the doctor and his administrative assistant having little more than a computer with internet access in order to access a set of services chosen by subscription.

  • http://www.angelspeech.com/medical-practice-101/ Jay Andrews

    It's easy to see how many of these applicatio patterns could be implemented in either AWS or GAE. Understanding a pattern`s pros and cons in the context of any of the available cloud computing solutions is critical when you're considering an architeture.

  • http://www.angelspeech.com/medical-practice-101/ Jay Andrews

    It's easy to see how many of these applicatio patterns could be implemented in either AWS or GAE. Understanding a pattern`s pros and cons in the context of any of the available cloud computing solutions is critical when you're considering an architeture.

  • http://www.angelspeech.com/medical-practice-101/ Jay Andrews

    It's easy to see how many of these applicatio patterns could be implemented in either AWS or GAE. Understanding a pattern`s pros and cons in the context of any of the available cloud computing solutions is critical when you're considering an architeture.

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