Cloud saves lives in Haiti

In developed nations, we take for granted the amazing abilities of the cloud in our everyday lives, from project management software to cloud-based MRP. Yet in helping to respond to emergencies abroad, the incredible potential of the cloud is once again demonstrated to the world.

Changes needed
Here in America, many are concerned about the cloud’s entry into the healthcare world – some find it unsatisfactory. One recent study by Becker’s Hospital Review found that between 2010 and 2012, user satisfaction with electronic health records dropped 12 percent. It is an important fact to consider – in finding the figure, Becker’s reviewed a number of other surveys that included a total of 4,729 physicians. This is no small sample.

Yet the dropping satisfaction may also be a signal of increased expectations. The cloud can do amazing things right now, and is doing so in so many areas with so much attention that doctors may simply expect more.

Saving lives
Haiti is an example of a place where both much has been demonstrated and much can be learned. In the country, use of the cloud is a relatively novel practice. As such, many practitioners have lower expectations and “nothing to unlearn” in terms of practices, Pierre Valette, vice president of content communications for cloud EHR for athenahealth, told CIO.

St. Boniface Haiti Foundation, a Massachusetts-based organization, helped to establish a connection between athenahealth and St. Boniface Hospital, located in rural southern Haiti. St. Boniface had little running water and electricity, and was in need of extensive help with its operation after the Haiti earthquake in 2010. With the help of the two American organizations, the hospital established the country’s first spinal treatment center.

Expectations at the time were not high – after all, while spinal injury survivors in developed countries can live for many years afterwards, in Third World countries such as Haiti, the life expectancy is only months, according to the source. Yet with the help of the cloud-based EHR, they were able to revolutionize the practice. Only one patient in the spinal injury center has died since.

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