Cloud Technology and Healthcare: Weathering the Storm
The global pandemic has impacted every walk of life. While the impact of COVID-19 was substantial on businesses, some industries fared much better than others in these difficult times. Moreover, research suggests that enterprises are looking at future-forward innovation to counter persistent challenges. The trends are clearly indicating significantly higher levels of cloud adoption. Many IT professionals believe that more than 90% of workload will be transferred to the cloud from the pre-pandemic figure of 60% within five years. An early 2021 report pointed out that Azure cloud computing services have grown by 50% as the global pandemic accelerated remote working and learning. It is no surprise that companies that have fared better, have consistently invested in and shown the ability, to leverage digital technologies and agile thinking. Hybrid sectors such as ‘healthcare and technology’ are showing promising growth, with the global market for cloud technology in healthcare is expected to grow by USD 25.54 billion from 2020-2024. This can be attributed to the fact that while old norms of business were being swept aside in 2020, there has been a significant uptake of cloud computing in healthcare. Digital health innovators have successfully risen to the challenge, driving change to save lives.
Microsoft Cloud on the Forefront
During the crisis, Microsoft Azure has emerged as a lifeline for both public and private healthcare organizations, helping them rapidly deploy their digital transformation strategies. Microsoft Azure has had a strong impact and became a lifeline across various sectors – from healthcare to financial services, and from governments to entertainment.
Microsoft, with its Microsoft Cloud technology in healthcare services aims to help organizations in this industry align their clinical and operational needs thus ensuring a healthier future for their patients. The goal is to fundamentally transform provider-patient engagement to personalize and improve services for the patients, while inducing operational efficiencies and lowering costs for the providers. The offering aims to transform patient-centric care, provide simplified access to care, and streamline operations on an integrated cloud-based Unified Microsoft Platform. The idea is to give customers extended Microsoft offerings that allow them to leverage cutting-edge business applications along with advanced technologies like AI and ML, while ensuring uninterrupted use of Microsoft 365, Microsoft Dynamics 365, Windows OS, and Azure. But how do healthcare service organizations go about leveraging Microsoft’s wide range of services to unlock business value? HCL services might just have the answer.
The HCL-Microsoft Alliance
HCL has enjoyed direct access to Microsoft’s product design and engineering teams for well over three decades. The Microsoft Business Unit of HCL was designed to combine HCL’s specialized services and global reach with Microsoft’s cloud and business technologies, thereby creating a unique offering for our clients to further their aim of digital transformation. The team leverages Microsoft’s AI and Azure cloud to orchestrate several defining changes across an organization – from accelerating innovation, enabling seamless and scalable digital transformation across enterprises to lending lean and agile business practices with autonomics and orchestration powered by AI, ML, and automation.
Selected as Microsoft’s Global Systems Integrator Launch Partner for MC4H, HCL is now engaged in transforming patient-centric care, providing simplified access and streamlining operations on one Unified Microsoft Platform.
HCL Cloud Smart: The Natural Strategic Partner for MC4H
With its leadership in infrastructure and cloud services, and experience in partnering with global enterprises; HCL designed its Cloud Smart strategy to help customers extract maximum business value out of their cloud solutions. The team accounts for organizational needs, goals, and specifics to create a bespoke portfolio of automation-driven cloud services and future-proof enterprises.
At this critical juncture in the global response to COVID-19, Cloud Smart has been re-geared to accelerate healthcare cloud adoption, keeping an organization’s unique circumstances, goals, and business vision in focus. The robust cloud services ecosystem at HCL enables organizations to scale up in terms of resources or optimize their operations with rapid IT response. On an organizational level, HCL Cloud Smart’s primary focus is distributed among facilitating client servicing; supply chain management; sanitation of storage, inventory, digital channels and keeping the workforce engaged and operational.
However, COVID isn’t the only driver of this accelerated change. The greater need is to develop models that can deliver care in many different forms, especially to those unable to access it through traditional channels. In association with Microsoft, HCL is committed to help provider and payer – along with pharmaceutical and medical technology organizations – deliver value faster, take more insightful decisions, and successfully address security, privacy, and compliance concerns.
Joining Hands to Reimagine Healthcare
HCL Technologies and Microsoft are ready to partner with a global community of talented, purpose-driven, and passionate tech innovators and developers to harness their creativity, digital skills, and entrepreneurial spirit. The partnership will inspire and deliver combined cloud solutions leveraging complementary technological expertise. These solutions will not only address immediate concerns, but also will help the world be better prepared to overcome any future healthcare services challenges.