The Portland Group
Oakridge Top Right
HPCwire

Since 1986 - Covering the Fastest Computers
in the World and the People Who Run Them

Language Flags

Visit additional Tabor Communication Publications

Enterprise Tech
Datanami
HPCwire Japan

Cloud Computing in Healthcare Moving Beyond Storage


Due in part to complex regulatory and security concerns, cloud computing in healthcare has found most of its customer interest in storage. The need to retain patient data for long periods of time and the rising infrastructure costs to do so have driven the healthcare storage boom, but there might be more clouds on the horizon for healthcare as application development ramps up this year.

As Jeff Byers at CMIO stated, “compared with other industries, cloud-based clinical application development has been rather slow. However, as algorithms and computing power ramp up, healthcare providers are finding more choices and expanding capabilities among cloud apps.”

In “Cloud Computing and Clinical Apps: Beyond Storage” Byers discussed the rise in complex, data-intensive applications in healthcare, particularly for RNA sequencing. This computationally-intensive task took a great deal of time on in-house machines and was expensive, but as Jeffrey T. Leek from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in Baltimore says, using the cloud to run a single RNA sequence takes about an hour and costs far less than $100.

Byers points to a number of examples of clinicians using the cloud to run a wide range of computationally or data-intensive jobs to streamline processes, speed time to results and lower overall costs. The other side to this, however, is of course the HITECH Act and the increasing layers of complexity that have been built into the regulatory environment.

Clinical institutions making use of cloud computing have a number of concerns to address before considering such a move, but as application development and clinician interest merge, the market might find ways to build more regulatory solutions into their products.


Full story at CMIO

Most Read Features

Most Read Around the Web

Most Read This Just In

Most Read Blogs


Sponsored Whitepapers

Breaking I/O Bottlenecks

10/30/2013 | Cray, DDN, Mellanox, NetApp, ScaleMP, Supermicro, Xyratex | Creating data is easy… the challenge is getting it to the right place to make use of it. This paper discusses fresh solutions that can directly increase I/O efficiency, and the applications of these solutions to current, and new technology infrastructures.

A New Ultra-Dense Hyper-Scale x86 Server Design

10/01/2013 | IBM | A new trend is developing in the HPC space that is also affecting enterprise computing productivity with the arrival of “ultra-dense” hyper-scale servers.

Sponsored Multimedia

Xyratex, presents ClusterStor at the Vendor Showdown at ISC13

Ken Claffey, SVP and General Manager at Xyratex, presents ClusterStor at the Vendor Showdown at ISC13 in Leipzig, Germany.

HPCwire Live! Atlanta's Big Data Kick Off Week Meets HPC

Join HPCwire Editor Nicole Hemsoth and Dr. David Bader from Georgia Tech as they take center stage on opening night at Atlanta's first Big Data Kick Off Week, filmed in front of a live audience. Nicole and David look at the evolution of HPC, today's big data challenges, discuss real world solutions, and reveal their predictions. Exactly what does the future holds for HPC?

Newsletters

Stay informed! Subscribe to HPCwire email Newsletters.

HPCwire Weekly Update
HPC in the Cloud Update
Digital Manufacturing Report
Datanami
HPCwire Conferences & Events
Job Bank
HPCwire Product Showcases


Xyratex

HPC Job Bank


Featured Events


HPCwire Events