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Can ‘cloud tech’ revolutionize healthcare?
  • By Constance Williams
  • Published 2017.05.24 09:41
  • Updated 2017.05.24 09:41
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Cloud computing is now widely accepted by healthcare organizations worldwide, with industries realizing its possibilities of giving quality services to patients and using or sharing information across networks.

But will cloud computing affect all other healthcare sectors? According to Dr. Park Yoo-rang박유랑 of Health Innovation Big Data Center in Seoul Asan Medical Center서울아산병원, cloud technology will affect all healthcare areas in the nearest future.

“More than one-third of people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Traditional Healthcare is commonly checking their patients face-to-face, but 80 percent of medical data is unstructured,” Park said. “Three-fourths of patients may use digital health services in the future. Digital technologies will enable precision medicine with more detailed information than ever before, with big-data pattern recognition over continuous monitoring.”

Park Yoo-rang of Asan Medical Center explains about the hospital’s plans for Cloud computing, at the International Symposium on Convergences of Healthcare and the Cloud, held in Seoul Tuesday.

Park made these and other points at an international symposium on “convergences of healthcare and the Cloud” held in Seoul Tuesday.

Cloud computing is a type of Internet-based computing that provides shared computer processing resources and data to computers and other devices on demand. It provides users and enterprises with various capabilities to store and process their data in either privately owned or third-party data centers located far from the user–ranging distance from across a city to across the world, according to Wikipedia.

As people increasingly loathe to visit hospitals and clinics, 86 percent of clinicians believe that mobile applications will play a significant role in a doctor’s practice over the next five years, by using Cloud-based services to transfer information with a single click. Rather than waiting for another practice to send over patient's results, doctors can spend more time on patient care and treatment options.

“The Asan Medical Center is making plans to use Cloud-based services in the Big Data Center for research regarding treatment and bio-science information,” Park said. “Medical data 's hard to read; thus we can convert raw data into standardized data for patients to be involved.”

She added that the Big Data Center would use Hybrid Cloud, rather than Public or Private Cloud. Hybrid Cloud service is a Cloud computing service composed of some combination of private, public and community cloud services, crossing isolation and provider boundaries so that it can't put in one category of private, public, or community cloud service.

“We want to help solve persistent problems and improve clinical outcomes to provide a more cost efficient and flexible infrastructure environment,” Park concluded.


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