In Part 1, we discussed the benefits and challenges facing healthcare cloud deployments. While healthcare organizations are taking to the enterprise cloud in ever-increasing numbers, there are still fears among them about how to retain high security performance while using a cloud service provider. However, such concerns are alleviated whenever a healthcare organization joins the enterprise cloud, since it is equipped with the defensive infrastructure to let any business sleep soundly knowing their computing is safe. When it comes to healthcare cloud deployments, there are many existing success stories, with countless more to come. Here are some inspiring examples of how the cloud was harnessed to ensure better medical practices.

A hospital turns to the cloud to build its operations
Saint Peter's Healthcare System was recently searching for a way to better serve its patient base of approximately 95,000 people annually. The hospital system needed a strategy to boost its health records systems, encourage better management and provide the best care possible. It found its answer in the enterprise cloud.

By migrating to the cloud, Saint Peter's – which includes a staff of 176 care providers – was able to boost its operations in many different ways. With the cloud, billing patients suddenly became a breeze, since the cloud service provider enabled a system of easy billing that ensured the greatest efficiency possible. When it came to patient information, Saint Peter's cloud platform was more than prepared to handle the storage and accessibility needs that the data called for, creating a repository that was easily navigable and comprehensive.

As healthcare expert Ed Park pointed out, "We take on the administrative burden that can distract providers from higher value tasks like patient care." As he pointed out, a business cloud platform "offers the unique ability to bring standardized, best-practice performance to physician organizations quickly and efficiently."

For its part, Saint Peter's could not be happier about its cloud move. According to the system's executive vice president, Dr. Kenneth Sable, the migration has created a computing platform where information is always readily available and up-to-date.

"We're excited to consolidate our practices onto one system," Sable said.

Assisted living facility gets its own assistance from the cloud
Saint Peter's is not the only healthcare organization realizing the immediate advantages of an enterprise cloud migration. In Florida, an assisted living facility has undertaken a similar cloud shift in order to expedite its operations and provide the best care possible to its patients. According to Business​ Cloud News, Hospice of Marion County was managing several different business units before its migration to the cloud. In addition to the living center for patients, the organization also oversaw an equipment and supplies company and another care unit. The diversity of functions under its banner made the organization eager to find a platform that could unify its different offerings. As it was for Saint Peter's, the answer for Hospice of Marion County turned out to be the enterprise cloud.

Once it made the switch, the organization noticed that functions were improved across the board. Because the private cloud is individually built to meet the needs of its customers, the hospice found that its cloud provided a host of solutions that actively unified business. From Web-based HR to payroll to time and labor management services, their cloud services provider was equipped with the infrastructure to meet their needs.

"Employees can instantly access and update their information, ask questions, and engage with the HR team," the hospice's director of human resources, Roy Hoxworth, said of the cloud migration. "Managers are using the technology to get fast answers to questions about their teams and have immediate access to reports without having to rely on HR. We all began feeling the improvements very quickly,"

If the enterprise cloud was an employee, it would be the worker who always stays in the office late, searching for ways to go above and beyond the call of duty. Hospice administrators realized this when they discovered that their cloud's analytic structure could be harnessed to run calculations on employee benefit options in order to make automated determination about the best benefit packages for specific employees.

"It would have taken weeks to manually compile the information," Hoxworth said of the service. "Now we have meaningful, actionable insight from the information we can glean."

As more deployments occur, stories like these will only grow
The two examples discussed show that when it comes to healthcare, the applications for the enterprise cloud are boundless. And as healthcare organizations realize this, they are taking to the cloud in increasing numbers, with the value of the medical cloud projected to reach $6.5 billion by 2018, according to a recent MarketsandMarkets report. This growth proves that any business can stand to benefit from cloud computing as long as the migration is made with care and consideration.