Healthcare Cloud Migration: Read Before You Migrate!

Cloud migration in healthcare is the process of moving an organization’s IT infrastructure, applications, and data from on-premises servers to a cloud computing platform.

The last three years have accelerated digital evolution in a matter of months. The healthcare industry suddenly needs virtual care and remote assistance, especially when human contact is restricted. To keep up with these latest trends, legacy systems used across the healthcare industry need urgent modernization. Presently, more organizations in the healthcare industry run exclusively on traditional and non-cloud business systems (27%) than any other industry. The use of cloud engineering can help healthcare organizations to easily share information, render a better patient experience, and lower overall costs.

Although industries such as the global banking sector have been reaping the benefits of moving to the cloud for a decade, healthcare industries are still slow to adopt cloud engineering. Healthcare organizations often hesitate to move from a trusted legacy system to a new environment. But this migration to the cloud promises a lot. Today healthcare cloud solution providers are working tirelessly to deliver seamless experiences. But every healthcare provider should also know about the risks they might come across.

Risks of Cloud Computing in Healthcare

Moving to the cloud offers benefits but comes with security risks like hacking and data breaches. Here are the five most common risks:

  • Security Concerns
  • Inadequate Resources
  • Storage Crunch
  • Compliance Related Issues
  • Unpredictable Costs

Security Concerns

Data security in cloud computing is of paramount importance. However, the possibility of hacking and data leakage can’t be undermined. These security threats come in the form of phishing attacks, employee errors, and malware/ransomware attacks. While migrating to the cloud, it is imperative to understand where the security controls of your cloud provider end. Ambiguity over security controls can put valuable patient data at risk.

Communicate with your cloud service provider to understand the security measures in place and what roles you have to play.

Inadequate Resources

A successful cloud migration for healthcare industry hinges on having the right people and expertise in place. The constantly involving technologies in cloud computing have created an extensive gap between demand and supply.

Storage Crunch

In the healthcare ecosystem, workload and patient information can increase overnight. Any unprecedented event can cause a sudden increase in patient-related data. If your cloud provider can’t match up to your usage needs then it might cause revenue losses and unexpected downtime. Therefore, it is important to know the bandwidth of your cloud solution provider.

Compliance Related Issues

Patient data is highly sensitive and has to be protected under regulations such as HIPAA and GDPR. Failing to protect patient data can lead to hefty fines. Cloud solution providers should provide all the necessary security measures like access control, authentication control, and storage security to protect patient information.

Unpredictable Costs

Organizations often have cost assumptions for cloud migration, but hidden expenses can emerge after implementation.

However, these costs arise only when there is an issue with the application or the configuration and when there is a need for further customization. Doing a proper assessment of your system’s capability and understanding the future prospects of your business can easily resolve this issue.

Your solution expert must have the foresight to understand and implement all that you might require in the long term. Implementing all the required cloud-related services at the initial stages can cut down unplanned costs.

Go Cloud with Us

Developments in Cloud computing have been revolutionizing every industry. And with the increasing numbers of cloud adoption in the healthcare industry, it is evident that care providers have started realizing its potential. While there are risks, they can be addressed with the help of an experienced Cloud solution provider. Once properly implemented, the benefits of cloud solutions outweigh the risks by far.

Choosing the right service partner is the first stepping stone on your journey to the cloud. We can help you with that. Experts at Nalashaa have been providing healthcare cloud engineering solutions for almost a decade now. Connect with us at

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Mitrajit Das

Mitrajit Das

A writer with a keen interest in the Healthcare domain and B2B content marketing. He enjoys writing and creating pieces around the latest Healthcare IT trends using the simplest of words.
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  1. Thank you for sharing this relevant and useful information. this is great and important information.

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