Oncore IT News - 28 July 2014

UK Healthcare Cloud Adoption

Following on from our post last week regarding adoption within the health sector, we continue to look further into the practicality of applying cloud based services into our own National Health Service.

 As commented by Mike Jones – NHS Trust director of IT, the department of health hope to go paperless with from their current method by 2018 in the long run the move is part of an effort to cut costs and improve efficiency. This transition to the cloud will see traditional paperwork based information to be able to be retrieved digitally.

 The NHS is a common source of news in recent months due to noticeable budget cuts that are impacting patient care. This too is shared by the mentality of the NHS to invest heavily into using relatively new ways of storing and keeping data safe in the cloud. Unlike the USA, which is heavily saturated with private healthcare who tend to have the opportunity to spend large amounts of money implementing technologies, the NHS on the other hand generally speaking is strapped for cash and requires rationalising any large cost spends. With these spending cuts, it is preventing the NHS from taking advantage of newer technologies including cloud implementation, struggling to make the most of digital technologies available.

 As mentioned in our previous report, there are many factors that can impact this adoption, including fear of change; training and coordinating everyone within the large organisation, with many staff are not currently concentrating on moving towards these newer ways of working. This hesitation in the move to cloud computing is also aided by the public accountability associated with companies like the NHS, as well as the high number of decision makers involved.

 It’s been commented that many people both on the frontline of healthcare as well as people working within administration can see the benefit of adopted cloud based technologies, the bottom line is any technology move on this scale will cost money, that can be put elsewhere in a large healthcare organisation such as the NHS.

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