Six Ways the Intelligent Cloud Is Revolutionizing Health Care

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No. 4: Global scalability and encryption

Security and privacy reign in the tightly regulated health care industry, and in the intelligent cloud. Through effective administrative, physical and technical safeguards and governance processes, the intelligent cloud ensures data accessibility with appropriate levels of protection. Life science organizations can stay nimble, scaling support in line with business need, all the while assuring security of sensitive information.

With more influencers involved in the health care decision-making process than ever before, each with their own cost pressures, an ever-present need for increased alignment and communication is required between payers, providers, regulatory agencies and patient advocacy groups. Despite concerted efforts, cost containment is still a pervasive issue.

A new study by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics reveals that life science companies need to cut $36 billion from their operating costs to maintain their margins. This has led to significant pressure on companies to drive efficiency, yet technology continues to be deployed without a holistic view of the entire enterprise. The result is a hodgepodge of disparate systems that often create redundant, outdated, sometimes conflicting information sources. Many health care companies lack a cohesive, end-to-end technology solution for their data, applications and infrastructure. Luckily, the intelligent cloud brings forward a new way to drive sustained health care innovation while reducing costs, getting therapies and treatments to patients faster.

Mike Allelunas, IMS Health's general manager, Information Management, U.S., offers a look at how intelligent systems are bringing about a revolution in health care data management.


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