When people hear the word ‘Cloud’, they think about it in the context of technological applications. What they don’t know is that it has untapped potential in the medical device industry. Cloud services improve the reach between patients and physicians, as well as the scope of medical research. They can improve the cybersecurity of medical devices by ensuring proper data encryption and protection from cyberattacks.

Cloud solutions will also help reduce the recall rate of medical devices. Last year, 110 companies were required to recall medical devices due to defective software or software that poses a risk to health. This was especially common for inserted or implanted devices.

The leading Cloud vendors in medical devices include BrightInsight, Euris and Rackspace. BrightInsight links with Google Cloud to store patient information. Euris offers Cloud computing services that help sale reps and marketing teams connect with healthcare professionals, and operation managers to monitor and enhance their teams. Rackspace provides managed Cloud services and serves healthcare organisations with a Business Associate Agreement.

Leading Cloud adopters in the medical device field include Edwards Lifesciences, 3M and Johnson and Johnson. Edwards Lifesciences has moved its entire production system to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud in less than four months, while 3M Health Information Systems is one of the healthcare industry’s largest software providers and has also moved to the Cloud with AWS. Johnson and Johnson’s IT division has also moved to the Cloud, using AWS Cloud to run 120 applications.

Many medical device companies have shifted their systems over to the Cloud to enable scalability, speed and security. This change is taking place across the sector, which will lead to significant growth in Cloud services over the next few years. Global market revenue for Cloud services in medical devices was worth $2bn this year. This is expected to grow to $4.4bn by 2024, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17.1%.

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