Amazon Web Services (AWS): Innovating Healthcare Technologies
Organisations large and small, regardless of location or industry are highly likely to use Amazon Web Services (AWS), given their global reach as a provider of cloud solutions. The AWS Marketplace is a digital catalogue with a dizzying range of solutions designed to improve business operations. Categorised by industry, we are only concerned with their solutions in the ‘Healthcare and Life Sciences’ category. By using AWS, healthcare organisations can ensure business continuity, optimise processes, provide tools to enhance clinical care, diagnostics and treatment and use new analytics capabilities and machine learning technologies. This is achieved while meeting both regional and global security and privacy requirements. Broadly speaking, AWS healthcare solutions are broken down into the following categories: Core operations and business continuity Care Coordination Health Analytics Patient Engagement Clinical Information Systems Storage and Archiving Compliance Each category is important, of course, but it’s important to remember that there is no one-size-fits-all solution for your organisation. After all, there are more than 1600 software vendors in the AWS Marketplace, covering everything from analytics and telehealth solutions to real-time robotic assistants in surgical training scenarios. For brainstorming purposes, why not read up on some of the available use cases that could be applied to your situation? Note that there is some expertise required to set up, configure and maintain AWS solutions, the majority of which are pay-as-you-go. However, with a trusted partner, you do not need a high level of technical expertise, even to incorporate healthcare data analytics. The extraction of useful insights from medical data is complicated by the fact that much of it is free-form text (such as handwritten doctor’s notes, clinical trial results and medical records), none of which are easily catalogued by traditional means. However, with AWS Comprehend Medical, all this data is easily manipulated for maximum results, compiling a viewable set of data by treatment, medication dosages and any other variables you’d like defined. Such information is key to population health analytics, clinical research and pharmacological analysis and the extracted data can then be linked to electronic health records if necessary. AND, all of this is achieved without hiring data scientists to refine algorithms or create new ones. In conclusion, we highly recommend AWS to our clients and utilise some of their solutions when rolling out innovative and fully-compliant healthcare solutions for the Australian market. Byte IQ is proud to be an AWS partner as well as an AWS client. Our technologies including Healthcare data lakes, AI/ML, and security tools are all built on AWS cloud technologies.