Moving Healthcare Into The Cloud

Many industries today are becoming more aware of the benefits that the cloud computing world provides. Cloud computing has become an important source of both reliability and a competitive advantage. It is an especially great option for an industry like healthcare.

83% of IT executives in healthcare organizations report they are using cloud services today.Healthcare organizations are known for storing massive amounts of data, and storing such critical data can be a lot easier with a cloud solution in place. It can provide a simpler way to collect and coordinate the medical data and workflow that is necessary, and facilitate safe storage and transfer of information between medical professionals and their patients.

A report conducted by Markets and Markets has predicted that the healthcare cloud computing market will produce $9.48 billion by 2020.

Moving Healthcare into the Cloud

According to a report conducted by The Economist Intelligence Unit, 61% say cloud computing will be a decisive factor five years from now. More than half of organizations will be making the transition to the cloud, thus making it crucial for healthcare providers to have a strong understanding of what it can provide.

There is a new era evolving within the healthcare industry that involves the adoption of electronic healthcare records (EHR), which replace all the clutter that comes with using traditional methods of storage and documentation. Supporting EHR, the cloud helps unburden hospital IT departments. The ability to analyze and track information in the cloud helps improve treatments, boost performance, reduce costs, discover trends and more. The cloud serves as a new solution for the healthcare industry to help manage data and streamline processes.

Another positive impact of the cloud is the ability to create more efficient healthcare services and improve the doctor-patient relationship. Information that is geared towards a patient’s diagnosis and treatments can be made securely available from the touch of a button on any device, like a phone, tablet, computer, etc. 53% of healthcare employees use three or more devices for work already. Doctors can stay connected and collaborate accordingly with their colleagues and patients easily, freeing up their time to focus more on providing quality health care than on filling out paperwork or transferring files. Daily tasks like setting appointments, making referrals, or completing patient history can be completed anywhere at any time in the cloud.

Moving forward, cloud solutions offer the healthcare industry the tranquility of easily managing all critical data in real time. Cloud computing offers infrastructures that allow the healthcare industry to expand computing resources at a low cost while bringing down the barriers to innovation and modernization.

Privacy and Security

In the healthcare industry, security is of the utmost importance and at times can cause healthcare providers to take a huge step back when considering the cloud. However, with the right cloud provider, security shouldn’t be a cloud barrier. Solutions like ours include:

  1.  Client-side encryption of data
  2. Multi-factor authentication
  3. Data loss prevention tools
  4. Full credential limited access to data centers
  5. Biometric scanning systems
  6. Exterior security systems
  7. Around-the-clock interior and exterior surveillance monitor access
  8. Redundant HVAC systems


Guidelines are a given when dealing with protected health information. The Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is a U.S. law that healthcare organizations must abide by. It protects patient privacy by mandating and enforcing strict privacy and security rules on how medical information is being collected, used, and disclosed. Cloud solutions can help make it easier to meet HIPAA requirements, especially when you work off of HIPAA-compliant infrastructure like ours.

Cloud computing offers numerous significant benefits to the healthcare industry, providing a great opportunity to improve and grow services for patients and employees while adding great operational efficiency. Head to our Industries page to learn more about how the cloud can impact healthcare and other major industries!

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How Can Cloud Increase Business Value?

Cloud computing is a resource that meets the needs of companies with growing employee bases and departments. It can be used as an exceptional technological tool to measure company value if the company takes advantage of the value provided. With the ups and downs of the world’s economy, affordable and reliable technology is more and more necessary. Cloud computing fills that void.

If used strategically, cloud computing can provide true business value. Let’s review how:

Fuel Top-line Growth

Value can be seen through the increase of business agility, reach, and scalability. Agility can be difficult to quantify, but it is a real win when it comes to cloud computing. It can facilitate exactly what your business wants/needs – how much CPU, what type of application configuration is required, and how you want to distribute these. Cloud computing also drives business growth and value by helping businesses develop rapidly, transition into a new market, integrate applications, and much more. Agility provides great value to those that are competing in an environment of uncertain high-growth markets. Increased innovation creates great value for businesses alongside improved communication and collaboration. According to IBM, leading companies are 73% more likely to rapidly innovate products and services via the cloud. Having agility can improve business services at an increasing speed, reducing delivery time from months to just weeks.

  1. Enable innovation of new services
  2. Differentiate with new technologies
  3. Enhance business resiliency by improving data center/application uptime

Improve Bottom-Line Economics

With cloud computing you pay only for what you consume, when you need to consume it – that’s the pay-as-you-go model. By reducing total cost with cloud solutions, resources can be utilized more efficiently. Cloud solutions replace on-premises applications, which increases your reach and scalability and increases value. By eliminating expensive maintenance issues, which would normally cost the IT department time and money, the cloud offers great efficiency and true value to a company.

  1. Improve resource lifecycle management
  2. Eliminate constant, expensive upgrades
  3. Pay as you go
  4. Experience TCO reductions greater than 50%

Bring Forth Collaboration

Cloud computing also provides the ability to reach your customers at any time. A reliable solution transfers all data securely into the cloud and can be accessed by any authorized client, partner, or employee. Barriers between once-separate departments are broken down, which allows for sharing of expertise and business information. This level of collaboration effectively leads to a dynamic workforce.

With a strategic, focused approach to cloud computing, it can power transformation within the digital and business worlds, and increase business value.  

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Virtual vs. In-House Servers

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is a cloud computing solution that provides virtualized computing resources, such as servers, storage, power and more, via the Internet. Server virtualization has been a popular solution for IT. It provides efficiencies and capabilities that aren’t possible with a physical server setup. Scalability, the elimination of major hardware investments, location independence, and physical security are all benefits of IaaS.

If you’re eager to get into the virtualization game, here are some benefits of virtual vs. in-house servers, as well as an overview of our IaaS solution:

In-House vs. Virtual Servers

With in-house servers, infrastructure is located within a company, and that company is responsible for the management, maintenance, upgrades, refreshes, applications, and more. In-house servers give an organization physical control over their environment, but they add a lot more responsibility, costs, and vulnerabilities.

In-house servers require a sizable capital investment on all equipment and software, as well as the upgrades and refreshes. And after reaching server capacity, you have to purchase more hardware, which makes growth tough. Having in-house servers is also more vulnerable, leading to security breaches or irreversible harm from natural disasters. It would be essential to have an IT professional to continuously watch over in-house servers that are carrying sensitive company data. This takes away valuable time, not allowing IT to focus more of their talents on strategic business projects. Instead, they end up spending their time fixing bugs and updating resources.

When you move to a virtual server environment, your in-house responsibilities are shifted over to the cloud computing provider, like HTG. You’re relieved of the stress of managing the infrastructure. Virtual servers offer a scalable solution that can be modified according to your demands. Your in-house investment becomes negligible, and you’ll find you’re enjoying flexibility and agility due to on-demand capacity. Hardware, human resources, and energy savings are a few of the things to look forward to in the virtual world. With a virtual server solution offered by a reliable provider like HTG, you’ll also experience enterprise-grade security. With 24x7x365 reliable support, your IT team can focus on value-added tasks instead of fixing equipment.
Rather than purchasing servers, software, data center space and network equipment yourself, you have the ability to purchase those resources as a fully outsourced service – for example, with our IaaS solution.

Infrastructure as a Service

With HTG’s IaaS, the benefits are huge. IaaS eliminates capital expenses that are typically dedicated to equipment and maintenance by moving you to an Operating Expense (OpEx) model with virtual, enterprise-level servers. This saves a business a significant amount of money. There’s also no need to worry about managing your own servers, as HTG’s team takes care of that for you by installing, maintaining and ultimately managing all your infrastructure, including your applications and security. HTG has implemented leading firewalls to protect your critical files. With a full-scale, 24x7x365 monitoring team as an option, HTG’s IaaS solution offers a worry-free guarantee, a team that has your back, and market-leading technology to power your business.

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Financial Benefits of Cloud Computing

Cloud solutions inherently provide countless benefits for businesses. They allow your company to focus on the most important objective: increasing profit.

Finding ways to cut down on costs is something all businesses look for. Well, look no further. Cloud computing offers numerous financial benefits to your business. It provides major savings, better IT services and higher levels of reliability and productivity. Cloud users are pointing to cost savings as a major cloud benefit, and most agree that cloud services have also helped them boost profits. Additionally, many organizations are reinvesting their savings back into the business to continue improving.

Here are some of the financial benefits of cloud computing:

Greater Cost Agility

Cloud computing scalability allows expenses to adjust as needed. If your demand for services goes up or down, so will your cloud costs. RapidScale’s cloud solutions allow you to pay as you go according to your business needs – that’s the cloud model. It offers you the opportunity to scale up or down in your time frame, based on your needs. Traditionally, organizations often overspend or underspend because they’re forced to predict their needs ahead of time. The cloud’s cost agility fixes this problem. Better yet, as you implement cloud, your employees are no longer chained to their desks. Their business information or applications can be accessed virtually on their own device! This can cut down the cost of businesses providing hardware for employees.

Amplified Productivity with Reduction of IT Management

Stop investing so much in IT management. When your IT team has to constantly maintain on-site servers, it wastes valuable time, focus, and yes, money! Productivity can be improved in the cloud environment, and this ultimately leads to profitability. The cloud frees up your IT team to focus on strategic business tasks and lowers maintenance costs for your business. Since the cloud resources are accessed virtually, a business receives management and maintenance benefits automatically because that’s all taken care of by RapidScale. More than half of businesses that have moved to the cloud said that it reduced the need of their IT team to maintain infrastructure, and this has given them more time to work on strategic tasks and innovation.

Decreased Hardware Costs

On-site hardware is in constant need of maintenance, replacement, and updates. With physical hardware also comes power, cooling and space costs. By moving to the cloud, you replace your on-site hardware with virtual cloud resources, which eliminates a lot of spending and time on your end and gives you access to the latest technology – not to mention that you also lower chances of being affected by disasters or failures that could affect your location. Infrastructure cost reduction is one of the top five benefits of cloud adoption for nearly 75% of IT professionals.

Operational Expenditure

Eliminating hardware and moving into the cloud lowers the need to administer, maintain and upgrade traditional technology, which moves you away from a capital expenditure model into an operational expenditure one. As we described above, the cloud uses a pay-as-you-go model, which is similar to how you’d pay for your water or electricity – your monthly costs are based on your needs. Moving to OpEx gives you the opportunity to free up cash that can be concentrated in other parts of your business.

Benefit from cloud computing by lowering costs, scaling as needed, and producing higher levels of productivity and profitability. Cloud computing is a proven innovative tool that saves businesses money today. 88% of cloud users point to cost savings as a cloud benefit, and with the right cloud solution, you can be among them too!