Cloud computing’s inherent flexibility promises benefits across a wide range of industries. Here is a look at the ways cloud computing is impacting three huge global initiatives.
Healthcare providers are now able to keep patient records in the cloud, reducing paperwork for patients and staff and allowing more time for patient care. As long as specific security and confidentiality concerns are addressed, this will greatly improve efficiency and potentially organize the data in ways that help analyze trends in and connections among patient histories. Other benefits to the healthcare industry lie in easier data sharing between distant facilities as well as in staffing and IT solutions. Though adoption among healthcare providers has been slower than other industries, cloud computing has potential to aid health initiatives in less-developed countries through easier record sharing and communication among doctors.
At this year’s meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative in New York on September 25, a panel of thought leaders discussed current world challenges and strategies to address them. Global concerns like sustainability call for international cooperation—regardless of company, industry, or country. The potential benefits of Cloud adoption to sustainability initiatives are obvious: Cloud computing facilitates discussion and data sharing among world leaders. Using the Cloud, leaders will be able to more easily track the latest environmental figures and analyze trends, catalyzing the implementation of new strategies.
By aggregating data about how city-dwellers use urban spaces, municipal governments will be able to understand the successes and failures of their own cities, allowing them to prioritize strategies for addressing problems and to improve functionality more quickly and effectively. Cloud computing will play a role in the development of digital “smart” cities, as the relationships between devices in the city may be hosted in the Cloud. And in the urban planning context, Cloud adoption will have knock-on effects of economic growth and improved sustainability.