Health records comprise a broad and deep amount of data that needs to be sorted, processed and stored, and a hospital or other care center is constantly dealing with issues surrounding how to schedule applications, manage records and ensure that all patient data is properly managed. One of the ways that these health providers are now able to better handle the volume of information that they are taking in is by taking advantage of cloud services.
Oracle is a popular provider of health services technology and has been a front runner in the deployment of cloud applications to hospitals and health science industry professionals. As more and more businesses come to understand how the cloud can benefit them, Oracle has developed a number of solutions to deal with the unique challenges faced by the health services industry.
This has led to the development of what is known as the vertical cloud – something with greater functionality than a horizontal cloud can deliver. Horizontal clouds are typically associated with typical cloud benefits such as elasticity, broad network access and even managed services, but lack a number of critical components when it comes to managing data in a health environment. A vertical cloud, meanwhile, also integrates regulatory compliance along with standard functionalities, allowing a health science company to ensure that they are dealing with their data in a viable way.
More and more cloud providers are now developing specialized infrastructures to address concerns in industries that are data heavy or require a high level of compliance. An expansion into vertical dimension of cloud functionality, allowing greater regulatory and assessment options in addition to standard benefits, can go a long way to assisting large industries in making the most of the cloud.