Date Published
March 8, 2023

Healthcare in the Cloud – What Firemind Has Learned From the Industry

How can the AWS cloud benefit the wide array of Healthcare and Life Science organisations across the globe? Today, we'll be looking at some of the main benefits to adopting the cloud and building automated, scalable and machine learning enabled workflows.

The healthcare industry has been experiencing tremendous technological advancements over the past decade. One of the major contributing factors to this advancement is the adoption of cloud computing technology. Amazon Web Services (AWS) has been at the forefront of providing cloud computing services to various industries, including healthcare. AWS has been instrumental in transforming the healthcare industry through its technology and services.

In this article, we will explore how Amazon Web Services cloud services have helped the healthcare industry, with a focus on specific services that have been used.


Amazon Web Services in Healthcare

Amazon Web Services offers a wide range of cloud services to healthcare organisations, including healthcare providers, payers, pharmaceuticals, and research organisations. AWS has been used to provide secure, scalable, and cost-effective solutions for healthcare organizations. Some of the specific AWS cloud services used in the healthcare industry include:

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

Amazon EC2 is a web service that provides resizable compute capacity in the cloud. EC2 has been used in the healthcare and life science industry to host electronic health record (EHR) systems, medical imaging systems, and other healthcare applications. EC2 provides healthcare organisations with scalable and secure computing resources that can be easily customised to meet their specific needs.

Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3)

Amazon S3 is an object storage service that provides secure, durable, and highly scalable storage for data in the cloud. S3 has been used in the healthcare industry to store medical images, electronic health records, and other healthcare-related data. S3 provides healthcare organizations with an affordable and secure way to store and retrieve large amounts of data.

Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS)

Amazon EBS is a block-level storage service that provides persistent block-level storage volumes for use with Amazon EC2 instances. EBS has been used in the healthcare industry to store and manage EHR systems, medical images, and other healthcare-related data. EBS provides healthcare organizations with secure and reliable block-level storage that can be easily customized to meet their specific needs.

Amazon RDS

Amazon RDS is a web service that makes it easier to set up, operate, and scale a relational database in the cloud. RDS has been used in the healthcare industry to manage patient data, EHR systems, and medical imaging systems. RDS provides healthcare organizations with a secure, scalable, and cost-effective way to manage their relational databases.

Amazon Redshift

Amazon Redshift is a fast, fully managed data warehouse that makes it simple and cost-effective to analyze all your data using standard SQL and your existing Business Intelligence (BI) tools. Redshift has been used in the healthcare industry to analyze large amounts of healthcare data, including patient data, medical imaging, and other healthcare-related data. Redshift provides healthcare organizations with a fast, secure, and cost-effective way to analyze their data and gain valuable insights.

Benefits of Amazon Web Services in Healthcare

The services above have proved extremely valuable within many of Firemind’s own project in the healthcare industry. Over the years, we’ve identified many key benefits of their use, including:

Increased Efficiency and Productivity

AWS cloud services have enabled healthcare organisations to streamline their operations, reduce manual tasks, and increase productivity. Cloud computing has provided healthcare organizations with the flexibility to scale resources up or down as needed, reducing the need for costly infrastructure and resources.

Improved Patient Care

AWS cloud services have enabled healthcare organisations to improve patient care by providing healthcare professionals with access to patient data, medical images, and other healthcare-related data in real-time. This has resulted in more accurate diagnoses, improved treatment plans, and better patient outcomes.

Enhanced Security and Compliance

AWS cloud services provide healthcare organisations with a secure and compliant environment for storing and managing sensitive patient data. AWS adheres to strict security and compliance standards, including HIPAA, which ensures that healthcare organisations can store and manage patient data.

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