With day two of GE Healthcare’s annual IT education event Centricity™ LIVE complete, the talk was all about the cloud in the Mile High City.
In one session “Providing Care Anywhere, Anytime, on Any Device,” cloud computing was a significant topic of discussion. The digitization of patient data and the advent of cloud computing technologies are enabling integrated care to be an always-on process. The cloud is also powering the Industrial Internet – an open, global network that connects people, data and machines to drive efficiency gains and boost productivity across a range of industries, including healthcare.
What does this technology in healthcare mean for patients? Dr. Rasu Shrestha, Vice President of Medical IT at UPMC and Andy Strickland, Director of Imaging Informatics at University of Washington Medical Center, discussed just this topic in another session.
The rise of digitization in healthcare has created silos of information, contributing to inconsistent outcomes for patients. Health systems face the challenge of better connecting this patient data to gain more visibility around the complete patient story – which can help prevent future health events.
According to Dr. Shrestha, “The cloud can be an enabler,” helping improve quality, patient outcomes and how care is delivered. Leveraging analytics in the cloud can help providers identify patterns in patient data, give clinicians a greater level of insight into what’s going on with each patient and help improve collaboration between providers.
And both Dr. Shrestha and Strickland pointed out that now is the time to embrace the cloud.
As part of the Tuesday evening Centricity LIVE festivities, three healthcare organizations were recognized for their success in using Centricity solutions to help improve productivity in their organization. Congratulations to the winners of the inaugural Centricity™ Productivity Awards!
Gold Award: Ortho NorthEast, Fort Wayne, Ind.
Silver Award: Children’s Orthopaedic & Scoliosis Surgery Associates; St. Petersburg, Fla.
Bronze Award: Healthcare Administrative Partners; Portsmouth, N.H.