The healthcare industry is one of the most challenging and rapidly changing industries out there. The digital healthcare revolution is here and it’s not going away. Hospital and health system leaders must find ways to remain relevant in the age of digital or risk falling behind. To keep pace with this digital shift, healthcare organizations are turning to cloud-based solutions.
Cloud-based healthcare is a process that incorporates cloud computing technologies in healthcare services to achieve cost savings, easier data sharing, personalization of medicines, telehealth applications, and other benefits. Healthcare providers are now using cloud computing to increase efficiency, optimize workflows, reduce costs associated with healthcare delivery, and provide customization to care plans for better outcomes. Cloud computing allows healthcare providers easy access to the data of patients collected from multiple sources, sharing with relevant stakeholders, and dispensing timely prescriptions and care protocols. Cloud computing allows healthcare facilities to keep EHRs, avoiding additional costs associated with maintaining physical servers.
Cloud migration helps in achieving cheaper, more efficient & more secure health tech solutions over other benefits! Let us understand how cloud migration could provide such benefits.
While this shift to the cloud has been rapid and has resulted in better outcomes for the majority of organizations, it comes with its challenges, the major being the migration challenges. As a consultant, the major task is to prepare for the common migration challenges in cloud adoption such as:
To assess cloud readiness, organizations need to consider the following 2 factors:
If two apps speak to each other frequently with high dependency on one another, migrating one without the other might pose a significant risk due to the latency for them to communicate. Some apps can be tailored to the cloud easily, however, the organizations might have programs running on a mainframe, for example, which is not a simple copy, paste, and press plat type of migration.
Cloud migration works differently for different organizations as each organization might have different cloud requirements. Hence it is essential for organizations to strategize their cloud migration in order to achieve the best outcome from migration. Cloud Migration Strategy Framework is a strategic approach to migrating data and applications from on-premises environments to the cloud.
Although the cloud migration strategy might differ for two organizations, however, the framework can be generalized into the following six phases:
Data Analysis and Assessment: Organizations should start their cloud journey keeping in mind their business objectives & analyzing their data requirements. One common aspect of data requirements for health tech solutions is data security & privacy hence, healthcare organizations should make sure that their cloud is HIPAA compliant. There are several such data requirements that can enable organizations in strategizing a cloud migration framework that is best suited for them. At Silstone Health we use our extensive and diverse experience of working with 100+ health-tech startups to help our customers by consulting them through this phase.
Data Mapping: Data mapping is frequently used in the health-tech industry to share data collected from two data sources, such as EMR or EHR. In today’s healthcare environment, accurate documentation of a patient’s problem list is critical for improving clinical outcomes and optimizing reimbursement because it can be used to perform analytics from data sets, forecasting, drug trials, case studies, and more. This data has the potential to impact patient safety as well as a variety of downstream healthcare operations, ranging from financial planning and billing to care coordination and population health initiatives.
It is critical to map the data captured from EMR and EHR in order to understand what will happen when the data is moved to another system, as this will aid organizations in migrating their data from one system to another.
Data mapping can help identify any potential problems that might arise when transferring a system’s data and can help find ways around them.
Data Export and Import: This is the most important phase of cloud migration. The strategy framework is designed to help organizations determine what data they need to move and then how they should export and import that data. At Silstone Health we make sure to invest most of the time in cloud migration in the above-explained phases so that our customers can export and import their data i.e enable with the following best practices.
After making sure of the best practices, the organization must follow the following steps for successful cloud migration.
These assessments help you make strategic decisions on whether to replace or upgrade applications.
Application dependency Mapping: Application dependency mapping, like data mapping, enables teams to accurately scope the modernization effort and manage the cloud migration project in the most efficient manner.
Application mapping aids in the migration of the application’s functional and technical dependencies, such as code dependencies. This enables development teams to confidently work on cloud migration at the same time, knowing that any changes they make are correct and safe.
Prior to executing their cloud migration plans, developers can see how things connect and what will be impacted by application dependency mapping.
At Silstone Health we do an in-depth analysis with our partners & begin by asking some of the cloud apps readiness-related questions like:
Application Migration: Organizations that have completed application assessment and mapping have a clear picture of their application’s suitability for cloud migration and are usually aligned with their cloud migration strategy.
They have progressed to the point where they can successfully demonstrate how the following parameters would benefit from cloud migration.
At Silstone Health, after organizations get this understanding of their applications, we consult with them in providing them with the most efficient path for application migration. The right path helps in achieving the optimal result which may impact certain aspects of the application positively, such as once teams have fully migrated to the cloud, the right approach enables them to stay aware of the structure of their applications and troubleshoot changes as they occur.
To summarise, at Silstone Health we follow the following steps that enable organizations with a customized cloud migration strategy best suited for their health tech applications.
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