Amazon Web Services Introduces AWS for Health
Amazon Web Services this week showcased AWS for Health, a suite of services aimed at helping healthcare and life science organizations achieve their goals.
“AWS for Health provides proven, easily accessible features that help organizations accelerate the pace of innovation, unlock the potential of health data, and develop more personalized approaches to therapy and care development,” Patrick wrote. Combes, Director, Chief Technology Officer – Life Sciences Care at AWS, in a blog post on Thursday.
“AWS for Health is simplifying the process for healthcare and life science companies and innovative startups to identify leading cloud solutions in 16 areas of critical solutions in healthcare, genomics and biopharma “, continued Combes.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT
When it comes to healthcare in particular, Amazon says AWS will enable organizations to accelerate the digitization and use of their data.
The tools aim to meet a range of needs, including clinical systems, analytics and AI / ML, patient and clinician experience, medical research, finance and operations, and clinical computing. basic health.
For example, Amazon’s Epic solution on AWS enables users to migrate electronic health record workloads to the cloud, with the goal of increasing performance and automating many traditional IT tasks.
Amazon HealthLake, which is available in some regions as of this week.
The HIPAA eligible service uses machine learning to extract meaningful information from unstructured data, then organize, index, and store that information in chronological order.
By leveraging the industry standard format Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources, the software enables interoperability, enables users to analyze newly structured data, and facilitates collaboration between organizations, researchers and practitioners.
The company first announced HealthLake in December 2020, joining a host of other software giants in offering tools for data management and analysis. HealthLake is available in the eastern and western regions of the United States, with more availability coming soon.
“More and more of our healthcare and life science clients are looking to organize and make sense of their masses of data, but find this process difficult and cumbersome,” said Swami Sivasubramanian, vice-president. president of Amazon Machine Learning for AWS. , in a report.
“We created Amazon HealthLake to remove this heavy burden on healthcare organizations, so they can transform healthcare data in the cloud in minutes and start analyzing that information securely at scale.
“Along with AWS for Health, we are excited about how Amazon HealthLake can help medical providers, health insurers and pharmaceutical companies provide patients and populations with data-driven, personalized and predictive care.” , added Sivasubramanian.
THE BIGGEST TREND
While AWS for Health as an organized offering is new, many of the company’s health-focused solutions have been available to customers for some time.
For example, Boston-area healthcare system Wellforce made headlines last week when it announced that it would be migrating its Epic infrastructure to the AWS cloud, following in the footsteps of other systems such as Piedmont Athens Regional in Georgia.
And in March, Change Healthcare announced that it will offer data science as a service in collaboration with AWS, aimed at helping healthcare systems and life science organizations improve plan design efficiency. of care.
ON THE RECORD
“Healthcare and life science organizations are moving towards digital transformation to lower the cost of care, improve collaboration, make data-driven clinical and operational decisions, and enable faster development of new therapies. and processing routes, ”Combes wrote in the AWS blog post.
“Identifying the right cloud technology to achieve these goals can be difficult, and many organizations don’t have the internal resources and expertise to assess, build and deploy their own solutions,” he added.