Before the pandemic, hospitals were hesitant to embrace a cloud journey. Sure, some were using the cloud for research projects and used cloud-based applications like Microsoft 365, but use of the cloud for medical imaging data management was largely in its infancy.
Fast-forward to today. Although it seems in many ways that the world has stood still for the past 14 months, the adoption of cloud across healthcare has grown rapidly. Previous hesitancies are being overcome by the need to optimize valuable resources, to reduce the data center footprint, to establish consumption-based infrastructure models, and to enable AI modeling.
But has cloud interest picked up at the same pace for enterprise imaging? In March and April, I had the honor of hosting the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) Enterprise Imaging Webinar Series, where we explored the topic to find out. And the answer is yes.
Named as one of HIMSS 2020 Most Influential Women in Health IT, Kim Garriott’s more than 20-year career has been focused on improving health outcomes through innovation, data management and interoperability. As Chief Innovation Officer for NetApp Global Healthcare and Life Sciences Kim works with private and public health sector clients to leverage NetApp technologies to drive innovative data management strategies. Prior to joining NetApp, Kim led the development of a first of its kind, research data-sharing platform for the 29 agencies and offices of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.