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Cloud Computing Proves to Improve Health Outcomes

Experts at Amazon Web Services (AWS), the Cloud Computing services arm of Amazon, say that cloud technology has had a real impact on healthcare efficiencies. During what has been dubbed the world’s worst health crisis in a generation, the outcomes around the world have been dubbed the world’s worst health crisis – and that healthcare is still only “scratching the surface” of what is possible with the technology.

Cloud Computing has shown to be helpful in many healthcare contexts, as seen by instances from India, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States. For example, as COVID spread across India, ESanjeevani, a browser-based telemedicine platform designed to improve access to healthcare services, allowed patients to access clinical consultations 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

With over 4000 clinicians on board and over 150 simultaneous outpatient appointments, the platform now serves over 1 billion people — nearly 80% of India’s population. In addition, advanced Cloud Computing has also aided medical research innovation by providing researchers with secure access to relevant, de-identified datasets.Genomics England collaborated with Lifebit to acquire access to a cohort of sequenced genomes from 20,000 individuals with severe COVID-19 infection and 15,000 patients with less severe instances. Leading research organizations and pharmaceutical businesses used these data to create new diagnoses, treatments, and immunization programs.

Meanwhile, in the fight against COVID, Radboud University Medical Centre, an EMRAM Stage 7 hospital in the Netherlands, has announced a Grand Challenge for AI developers and doctors to produce solutions to classify lung abnormalities. Over 45,000 researchers have joined up for the platform globally, illustrating the scale that cloud-enabled research may achieve. Cloud Computing has also been shown to be an effective tool in hospital settings.

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