Moving enterprise imaging to the cloud saves money, facilitates critical enhancements to patient care, and simplifies IT. This ACHE-hosted webinar, Moving Enterprise Imaging to the Cloud: Is Your Organization Ready?, features three leading industry experts who explain:

  • The benefits of hosting imaging in the cloud
  • Best practices for cloud migration
  • How to achieve rapid ROI with cloud-native imaging

ACHE webinar executive summary

The challenges

Moving imaging to the cloud presents a variety of challenges. To improve imaging workflows, reduce costs, and ultimately enhance the delivery of care, CIOs must carefully balance cost and complexity with the enhanced outcomes they aim to deliver.

Ken Buechele, vice president of information technology, Bronson Healthcare, knows firsthand what many providers face. Bronson Healthcare wanted to provide increased value from a business perspective but struggled to get the right amount of value out of their IT investments.

Other healthcare IT organizations are similarly seeking ways to modernize the technology clinicians use for patient care, while doing more than just managing storage. Increasing security to reduce vulnerabilities to cyberattacks and speeding access to images are also high priorities. 

Among provider staff, radiologists face specific challenges that impact patient care. Cloud imaging has the potential to improve the massive inefficiencies in imaging interpretation, thereby driving more efficient access to information through interoperability. 

IT organization strategies

In the webinar above, Ken discusses the strategies Bronson Healthcare has employed to address those challenges including:

  • Maximizing the value of existing tool sets by making sure they have one electronic medical record, one medical imaging system, and ensuring a systematic approach to what they do.
  • Building efficiencies with cloud-native innovation to improve negotiations with large groups of radiologists
  • Improving care coordination and access to information
  • Improving workflow optimization and reducing the inefficiencies between reading images.
  • Improving security and reducing vulnerabilities to cyberattacks

Cybersecurity and the cloud

Cybersecurity has become a key issue for organizations considering a move to the cloud. Technical debt limits how quickly organizations can fix complex, customized systems, and maintaining on-prem systems is harder than maintaining those in the cloud. Sharing responsibility with a cloud vendor allows healthcare organizations to shift responsibility to a technology team with the necessary skills and resources in place.

Healthcare IT organizations need cyber resilience against threats such as hacks and security attacks. They also need to take patient privacy and sensitivity around data sharing into account. The cloud is a more secure option than archaic systems.

Key takeaways

  • Moving EI to the cloud simplifies your IT environment, which can help lead to economic benefits for your organization, and enhanced care for your patients.
  • Modernize enterprise systems at a pace that meets your organization’s goals and maximizes your investments.
  • Having a more efficient imaging workflow is critical to improved patient care, especially as practices become more focused on integrated delivery networks.

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