Cloud 101 For Medical Practices: Myths On Life Support

Adam Stern | Healthcare IT Outcomes

Cloud migration involves placing data and applications off-premises and online, shifting the focus from locally-based technology to remote access and deployment. While some medical practices and clinics are likely to continue buying hardware, the pace of cloud migration continues to accelerate as more and more applications become cloud-ready.

What’s behind the decision to remain with an in-house solution or embrace cloud server hosting? A small to midsize medical practice reaches that fork in the road because it has pushed its local technology to the end of its useful life and now needs to do something about it.

When tinkering with technology — or more accurately, not tinkering with it yourself but entrusting others to handle the often-baffling mechanics — language is everything. Being able to distinguish fact from myth is a big down payment on peace of mind. In the first of this two-part introduction to the cloud, we’ll address (and debunk) some pervasive myths; in the next installment, we’ll explain some of the jargon that keeps users in, well, a fog about the cloud.

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