Can the Cloud Take Genomics to Lofty Heights?

by on February 11, 2015 in Genomics
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Clinical genomics has the ability to positively impact healthcare as we know it. Better understanding of disease, better care, and reduced costs top a

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lengthy list of benefits. Yet clinical genomics labs have obstacles to overcome before any of us routinely experience these benefits. They must reduce costs, reduce sample turnaround time, deal with shrinking reimbursements, and keep protected health information (PHI) secure, among other

challenges. An increased focus on informatics to manage challenges necessitates efficient methods to deploy and administer systems and manage data. Consequently, cloud technologies can play a critical role in the success of these labs. In this blog, we discuss the current cloudy conditions, the forecast, and what you need to consider if your clinical lab is moving to the cloud.

Thunderous Appeal

It’s no wonder that approximately 80% of healthcare providers and affiliated labs are using the cloud or are considering a move. It has numerous benefits including:

Despite the benefits, there are some who still harbour skepticism for the cloud, with what some consider good reason. An estimated $7 billion per year can be attributed to healthcare data breaches in the U.S. alone. However, it’s important to remember that the majority of these breaches are caused by lost or stolen computers and files. Only the minority are caused by cyberattacks. For labs moving to the cloud, this is actually good news because with diligence, cyberattacks can be prevented.

What’s the Forecast?

Several cloud experts predict that the near future will bring reduced skepticism, some new challenges associated with mobility, and more organizations who are choosing to embrace a hybrid cloud model.

No matter the forecast, what’s clear is that the cloud is here to stay. How can you make it work for your clinical lab?  We’ve assimilated some advice from IT experts and some of our clinical customers in our most recent infographic.

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