The Indian healthcare sector has adopted cloud computing and data analytics to maximize the vast amounts of data it generates. While this would improve patient care, collaboration, and research, the hospitals also see that technologies will transform the healthcare sector and equip for future emergencies.
With the adoption of emerging cloud technologies, data analytics will transform the healthcare sector and equip healthcare institutions for future emergencies.
When access to real-time data is crucial in creating strategies to curb the spread of the disease during the pandemic, healthcare and social security departments were able to share, store, and access data through the cloud. Healthcare practitioners are able to make quick decisions based on collected data. Furthermore, collaboration and secure sharing of data proved to be critical for researchers racing to find treatments and vaccines for Covid-19.
Healthcare analytics is a segment of digital healthcare that leverages data from hospitals and other facilities as well as patient records and diagnoses. Although in its nascent stages of adoption in India, healthcare analytics can help medical professionals address many gaps with the help of artificial intelligence (AI) and big data analytics.
Cloud computing is not a new concept in the healthcare sector. In the past, IoT devices, wearables, and health-monitoring equipment have collected data that help healthcare institutions gain insights on diagnoses, disease management, treatment, and prevention, Vimal Venkatram, country manager, Snowflake told Pharmabiz.
By migrating to cloud platforms that offer flexibility and the storage capacity needed to house large volumes of data, healthcare institutions can derive insights that positively impact patient care and hospital operations. With access to real-time information, healthcare professionals and executives are empowered to make informed decisions that improve patient care. By analysing data sets, healthcare professionals and researchers will be able to recommend steps to create disease-control strategies, he added.
With digitalization Mobile Health (mHealth), The Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and blockchain are seen to enable remote patient monitoring trackers, sensor-enabled hospital beds, medication-tracking systems as, well as medical supplies and equipment inventory tracking systems, said Venkatram.
With mobile health data applications, patients can view their medical records, communicate with care teams, and manage billing and appointments 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Centralised electronic health record (EHR) systems have enabled self-service patient data management, empowering individuals to better track their health.
The expanding digital tech ecosystem is transforming healthcare and improving patient outcomes in India by improving drug management, delivering better patient experiences, accelerate medical research and clinical trial analysis.
On account of the increase in adoption of data analytics, wearable devices, and IoT, we anticipate that cloud technology and its applications to play an important role in the future of the healthcare industry. Cloud technology automates back-end operations and facilitates the creation and maintenance of mobile health apps. As these medical innovations and technologies continue to evolve and gain traction, the impact of cloud computing in the healthcare industry is expected to grow stronger over the next five years, said Venkatram.
The utilization of telehealth or remote patient monitoring (RPM) has also seen an increase during the pandemic. Communities with limited access to health services were able to interact with cloud-connected health care professionals and receive appropriate medical advice, noted the Snowflake chief.