The coronavirus pandemic made healthcare and major tech companies more intertwined than ever.
Driven by outbreaks, providers leaned on Amazon, Microsoft, and Google to get systems up and running for telehealth, triage bots, supply management, and more.
Now they’re baking those tools into their permanent strategies and rethinking a future with more tech.
“All of this is a genie that is not going to be put back in a bottle,” Jonathan Slotkin, the associate chief medical officer of Geisinger Health, told Business Insider.
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Healthcare has long lagged behind other industries when it comes to technology. For plenty of hospitals, having medical information available on the internet instead of locked away in boxes is a huge ask.
Not long ago, working with major tech companies was basically a nonstarter for many healthcare leaders. After Ascension moved to transfer 50 million patients’ medical information onto Google’s cloud in late 2019, government leaders and the public had concerns about patient privacy in the digital era.
But the coronavirus pandemic sped up what’s been a slow march to improve things. That’s pushed Amazon, Google, and Microsoft — firms that power a lot of today’s most popular solutions to manage outbreaks — deeper into the $3.6 trillion healthcare industry.
In the middle of a pandemic, Business Insider spoke to more than a dozen healthcare leaders — 7 of them tech chiefs at major health systems — who’re now thinking about cloud providers in a new way. Many health systems are doing work on the cloud they say was critical to keeping patients and workers safe during outbreaks.
That bodes well for the public cloud providers, which share computing and storage services over the internet through a vast network of servers. The public cloud market is worth anywhere from
Source:: Business Insider