Today in Cloud

Public healthcare and IT have a long history of not getting along. Complex problems, sensitive topics, intransigent incumbents, and fluid project specifications combine to make these projects prone to cost overruns and failure. Today’s Financial Times reports on a new attempt to deliver something timely, useful, and cost-effective, leveraging the cloud computing solutions of Scotland’s Flexiant. The system, to be piloted by a team of researchers from Edinburgh’s Napier University and London’s Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, aims to store patient data in Flexiant’s cloud and give the patient the controls to decide who gets access to which details, when. Healthcare professionals, carers, and family could all have timely access to an authoritative view of the patient’s data, which in principle leads to better decision making… and better outcomes for the patient.