Building the case for the cloud

Deltek Analyst Amanda White reports.

The first ever Cloud Computing in Health Care Conference & Expo was held June 21-22, 2011 at the City Avenue Hilton in Philadelphia, Pa. The conference, spearheaded by the International Institute for Business Information and Growth (iiBIG), generated from the need for intelligent and open dialogue on how cloud-based technologies can help health care organizations drive down costs while improving patient outcomes. The conference's theme was "delivering on the promise of cost-effective and higher quality health care," and vendors and representatives from hospitals nationwide attended.

The conference showcased several presentations and panel discussions facilitated by vendors or hospital representatives. Each presentation served as a testimony for building the case for the adoption of cloud-computing technology. Presenters and panelists shared their insight on real-world scenarios of successes and initiatives of cloudware implementation in their communities. Topics of discussion included health care enterprises in private cloud architecture; cloud computing and meaningful use; implementation of a decision framework for cloud migration; using cloudware technology for cutting costs and increasing benefits; and improving patient safety. The central focus of this year's conference was on ways to leverage modern technology to improve the delivery of health care and patient outcomes.

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