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Cloud Outage Highlights Pitfalls as Well as Promise

Scott Mace, for HealthLeaders Media, August 14, 2012

Clearly, some organizations are making great use of the cloud, and are finding ways to fund and grow adoption. It's been suggested that hospitals get together and share as many resources as they can without depending entirely on vendors, and one entire state has done just that.

The Colorado Hospital Association expects to achieve statewide medical image sharing in the first quarter of 2013, with all those images being served up by a private cloud.

Creative financing for the Colorado Telehealth Network came in the form of a grant from the Federal Communications Commission, which also allowed the association to equip 205 facilities throughout the state with sufficient bandwidth to serve up those images when they start flowing over the network.

The set-up also potentially obviates the need for costly health information exchanges to move those images about, says Colorado Hospital Association president and CEO Steven Summer.

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