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HEALTHCARE IT SOLUTION DELIVERY AND THE CLOUD

Arvind N Sivaramakrishnan, CIO, Apollo Hospitals
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Arvind N Sivaramakrishnan, CIO, Apollo Hospitals
Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited (NSE: APOLLOHOSP) is India-based company, which operates a private hospital group. Headquartered in Chennai, Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd has a market cap of Rs14,366 Crores. The Company owns and manages 41 hospitals in and around India.

Healthcare IT is vibrant today and brings to bear an unparalleled potential to be truly transformative in its capability to take healthcare to every citizen of the world at the right time, at the right place, in the right format and at the right cost.

Life is precious and with it comes the reality of delivering perfect solutions with absolutely no chance of error or malfunction. The rising cost of infrastructure, enterprise software licenses, talent acquisition and maintenance costs necessitates the need to look at alternative, innovative, viable and sustainable models of Health IT solution delivery.

Delivering solutions using the cloud computing technology is definitely an option that merits serious consideration given its ability to optimize infrastructure standup costs, costs of scalability, deployment costs and the cost associated with resources. At the same stroke of this consideration are serious concerns on ensuring privacy compliance and security which are both paramount.

India is yet to see comprehensive legislation in privacy and security of healthcare transactions as is practiced in the west. Despite the lack of governing legislation, the consumer expectation of privacy and security has not lowered but in contrast become higher or on par with the west. While public cloud comes with several apprehensions on these aspects, hybrid and private cloud models are indeed garnering attention of health IT solution delivery architects.


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