Of course, none of this is to suggest that moving to the cloud is like switching a button. It’s a complex and multi-year journey for most of our customers. And it’s quite a journey for Philips, too. Any organization that has accumulated a large number of legacy systems and infrastructures over the years will have to manage a hybrid architecture during their journey to the cloud .
There’s also a strong case for keeping certain types of data processing close to where the data is collected.
For example, in minimally invasive image-guided therapy, where interventional physicians navigate tiny catheters through the human body, accurate hand-eye coordination requires real-time visual guidance. It makes much more sense to run such real-time and safety-critical applications in the interventional room itself, with data being processed locally. However, these applications could still be updated via the cloud on a regular basis, to ensure access to the latest version. The cloud can also serve as a powerful tool to develop new algorithms that help plan, guide, or document procedures, which can then be implemented locally to support interventional physicians in their daily workflows.
In essence, the cloud is a means to an end – not a goal in itself.
In combination with a secure and interoperable network of connections to on-premises hospital systems, cloud-based solutions represent a great opportunity for healthcare leaders to unlock the value of data generated along the patient journey, from the hospital to the home. By turning data into insights at scale, we can empower healthcare professionals to practice at the top of their license, helping them deliver better outcomes at lower cost with improved patient and staff experience. Ultimately, this will transform healthcare systems – just like we’ve seen the cloud change other industries.
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