Moving to the cloud isn’t new. Many practices started moving some of their tasks years ago. The past two years have only escalated the movement.
Going cloud-native is the process of relying on applications developed specifically for the cloud. A recent Gartner report estimates that by 2025, 95 percent of new digital workloads will be deployed on cloud-native platforms, up from 30 percent in 2021.
If you haven’t thought much about your cloud strategy before, you no longer can afford to push it aside.
Healthcare as a whole is one of the industries that stands to face substantial growth. That’s because cloud connectivity can impact almost every task a practice faces daily.
Electronic Health Records - Storing health records on the cloud rather than paper files in the office means better control over the data. You can access and control it from anywhere, allowing medical staff to see the entire medical history just by logging in.
Curing Diseases - What was almost impossible to cure a few short years ago will quickly become a mainstay. Cloud computing allows for vast amounts of medical data to be de-identified and compiled allowing algorithms to sort and magnify data for future health benefits. This will enable doctors to compare notes and learn from others, even if they are halfway around the world.
Medical Device Control - As medical devices become more connected, they can manage health and encourage wellness in sophisticated ways. They can track a patient’s health 24/7, and react the moment it detects change. They can alert an ambulance if someone needs help, or administer dosages with every fluctuation. With all of this information stored in the cloud, it’s easy for medical professionals to react and adjust to feedback immediately.
Of course, all that changes the way a practice has to think about security too. Cloud-native security includes devices, data, apps, and users, no matter where in the world they are.
That changes the way you think and approach your security.
Rethink protection points
Cloud-native security no longer thinks in terms of a defined perimeter. When your business was contained within four walls, it was easy to “touch and feel” what needed to be secured. Cloud computing releases data and devices into the world, so you no longer have a set perimeter. Security policies now require solutions to be in place, no matter where devices reside or data applications are accessed.
Make visibility more pronounced
No longer will a team access data from one screen using one entry point. Security now requires a system to track what data is accessed, the location, and by whom. A security team needs to watch for anomalies in daily activity, to stop criminal behavior as soon as it starts, before it can escalate to more serious issues.
Scale security to your growth
One of the benefits of using cloud-native applications is you can easily upgrade, change, and grow based on your needs. Regardless of where you start, cloud-based applications make rapid scaling that much easier. No more investing in complex systems too soon before you’re ready for growth.
Is your team changing? Has your security processes kept up with your growth? Maybe now is the time to focus on cloud-native security, and what it can do for your bottom line.
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