UHG Launches Health Care Data Through Cloud
UnitedHealth Group’s Optumhealth services division is opening a cloud-based environment to store health data. The idea, the company says, is to get health care data out of scattered hospitals, doctors’ offices, and insurance claims systems and move it to an Internet-based platform allowing providers and patients to get information through one website.
The company is partnering with Cisco, EMC, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, and others to allow users to exploit the cloud-based site to use software systems and databases without having to own and manage the technology. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports the new tool will have several advantages for the provider. Small physician practices unable to afford the $80,000 to purchase an electronic health record (EHR) system could purchase the technology through Optum’s cloud, which would be responsible for maintaining the services that contain the data. The platform also would allow health care providers to more easily talk to one another, share patient data, and better coordinate services.
Source: Minneapolis Star-Tribune, “Optum takes health care to cloud,” Feb. 14, 2012