A Survey on Research Initiatives for Healthcare Clouds

A Survey on Research Initiatives for Healthcare Clouds

Rahul Ghosh (IBM, USA), Ioannis Papapanagiotou (Purdue University, USA) and Keerthana Boloor (IBM TJ Watson Research Center, USA)
Copyright: © 2014 |Pages: 18
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-6118-9.ch001
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Abstract

Cost reduction for hosted and managed services is one of the key promises of Cloud Computing. Healthcare is one such example of managed services that can greatly benefit by a Cloud offering. However, there are many research challenges that need to be addressed before one can deliver a mature service. This chapter provides a summary of research activities in a variety of healthcare-related Cloud initiatives. The authors highlight the key areas of ongoing research and describe others that require attention. The analysis and observations can be useful to healthcare Cloud professionals and can motivate interested researchers to initiate new efforts for better healthcare services deployed on the Cloud.
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Background And Classification Of Healthcare Cloud Services

Many health organizations have transformed their IT services into Cloud offerings, primarily because of: (i) cost reduction, (ii) management simplification, and (iii) improved service delivery. A variety of Cloud services are available to health and life science organizations that include online health and wellness tools, data and image storage and sharing, HC portals etc. Cost reduction is achieved by eliminating large capital expenditures for computing infrastructure as well as human expenses to operate it. The ability to grow and shrink IT capacity with respect to demand is another feature that avoids over provisioning of resources and hence reduces cost. For a HC service provider, understanding the characteristics of Clouds is important to ensure the platform meets all in-house IT requirements.

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