Use cases of cloud computing’s impact on health care is very compelling for a IT strategist at a health care institution to have a look at. In continuation to the blog post on education, With contributions from Sivaram, i have tried to represent what it means to Healthcare. Whether its Google or Microsoft people now have choices to make, offerings to take advantage of.

Let us take a practical case of two people’s lives getting impacted with the technology and in particular cloud computing.

Chris and Rob are friends. They are in their mid-40s. Chris and Rob are both employed and had taken health insurance. This case describes the challenges that Chris and Rob faced when they underwent treatment and how the new Cloud-based medical services helped improve the complete process and relieved them of numerous problems that they faced earlier.

Both Chris and Rob suffer from chronic health disorders. Chris suffers from chronic auto-immune disorder. He has to visit doctors frequently, make trips to pharmacies to get his medication and then struggle with Insurance companies to get his prescription approved. His doctor has been trying to change and improve the medication frequently, as the current medicines were not helping Chris and his situation was deteriorating.

Chris also had to get frequent clinical tests of his blood samples done, for the medication he was using required regular monitoring of his blood. The test results had to be sent to the doctor so that he could monitor the effect of the medicines. Chris needed a solution to all these difficulties —his numerous visits to the doctors, the pharmacy, to various clinics for tests and then to the insurance company for approval. Chris had to coordinate the process and ensure that all these entities were in touch with each other as he was being treated.

Chris was informed about a new Cloud-based medical service that could be the answer to his problems. Chris logged into Google Health. He uploaded his profile from his insurance company BlueCross. His complete data was imported to his Google Health profile. Chris used the iHealth service integrated with Google Health to share his profile with his doctor. His doctor can now view his profile whenever he needs to, and when he makes a prescription, Chris’ profile is updated. Chris can login to Google Health, order the prescribed drug from CVS Pharma, which is an integrated solution that works with Google Health. The pharmacist notes the prescription and delivers the drugs to Chris.

Chris also needs to frequently undergo clinical tests and report the results to the doctor. Chris can place an order for those tests on Blue Print for Wellness, which is integrated with Google Health. Once the tests are complete, Blue Print posts the test results on Google Health. These results are shared with the doctor, who can then refer to those tests periodically and assess his patient’s condition.

Rob is suffering from Diabetes and Cardiomyopathy and he has been using Insulin to control his blood sugar levels. He frequently visits doctors to keep it under control. He too has go to through the hassles faced by Chris. Rob has to frequently report his blood sugar levels, blood pressure and weight to the doctor, which he does from home. Rob logs into Microsoft HealthVault instead of Google Health. He uses the same process to update his HER (Electronic Health Record) on Microsoft HealthVault and communicates the same to his doctor. He uses the A & D Weighing Device, Bayer’s Blood Sugar Testing Equipment and Homedic’s Blood Pressure Monitoring Equipment at home. Rob has installed the relevant software on these devices and so when he monitors his health profile, this data is uploaded on to his personal computer, which is integrated with Microsoft Health Vault. Thus Rob’s profile is available on HealthVault to the people helping with his treatment.