Cloud adoption rates on the rise
A recent survey also found that 96% of mid-sized healthcare organizations are already using or are seriously considering the use of cloud technology. Even better, the survey indicates that while there is some hesitation to storing data in the cloud, 64% of respondents say they are “very confident” in the security capabilities of cloud technology – compared to 52% of all industries pointing to security as a main concern in moving forward with cloud computing.
The main areas healthcare organizations identified as benefiting from cloud computing include financial metrics, workforce productivity and augmenting technology capabilities.
However, there were some areas that remain priorities before adoption is possible for many organizations. Among those areas are cost efficiency, upgrading aging infrastructure and optimizing data centers.
Drones to the rescue
Heart attack victims may someday have a new lifeline thanks to the use of ambulance drones. A new kind of drone program from a Dutch graduate student utilizes GPS to deliver defibrillators to heart attack victims. By honing in on a mobile phone within 4.6 miles, the drone can be at a victim’s side in under a minute and then use live streaming audio and video to allow emergency personnel to provide instruction and advice on the defibrillator’s use.
While still in the experimental stage, this type of technology may have other applications like delivering poison antidotes, EpiPens and oxygen or being used to conduct search and rescue missions. An example of the drone’s use may be viewed below.