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Cloud Computing: AWS is a secure choice for Healthcare

November 2, 2017

Healthcare IT News recently released a cloud computing decision guide to help healthcare organizations choose their cloud provider by breaking down the top solutions. Moving to a cloud-based environment has many benefits, but can also be a challenging process to select a provider that will fit your organization and improve operational efficiencies.

I’m responding to the article since Infor is always thinking about security as we move toward cloud-based offerings with our CloudSuite solutions hosted by Amazon Web Services (AWS). Healthcare IT News lists the top four Infrastructure-as-a-Service providers (IaaS) and Amazon has the market share at 33% ahead of Google, Microsoft, and IBM. We are proud to work with AWS to provide the most secure IaaS for our customers.

IT Managers understand that moving to the cloud has a large advantage on the cost side, but cost is not the only priority. Whichever provider you choose, it’s important to do your research before “handing off” your data to someone else. In my previous blog Our Cloud or yours?, I discuss when it makes sense to move to the cloud and how to align infrastructure to business strategy and operational needs in healthcare. Here are some of the major benefits of moving to a cloud-hosted environment:

  • Stronger security: Providers like AWS who specialize in hosting data have many more resources than your IT department to defend against hackers and viruses that could put your data at risk. AWS is secure and HIPAA compliant.
  • Cost-effective: The cloud minimizes resources and reduces total cost of ownership while preserving capital. A hosted environment offers costs that are rolled into predictable monthly fees.
  • Automation: Automatic updates and upgrades reduce the burden on your IT department while keeping your system current.
  • Greater efficiency: Cloud or browser-based means higher speed and real-time information for data you can trust. You also gain efficiency with a quick and easy migration.
  • Automated hardware scaling: Better performance and greater uptime allowing for changing production workloads.
  • High availability: Reduces downtime allowing healthcare functions to continue with minimal disruption.
  • Disaster recovery: Traditional on-premise solutions have many potential problems when there is a need to replace or recover in a disaster, leading to extended downtime and loss of revenue. In fact, most healthcare organizations with on-premise deployments don’t have disaster recovery they could leverage quickly due to the cost of overhead. I have been talking recently with a number of our cloud customers who are coping with challenges related to hurricanes and wild fires. Deploying your solutions to the cloud helps set your mind at ease about disaster recovery. How prepared are you for a disaster to your data center?

We are leveraging our partnership with AWS to help customers improve operational efficiencies with Infor CloudSuite Healthcare. To learn more, view our Guide to Infor CloudSuite Healthcare.

Does your organization have plans to move to the cloud? Please share your thoughts here.

- Tim Brown, Chief Business Information Officer
  • Healthcare
  • EMEA
  • North America
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