The Role Of Cloud Computing And Life Sciences

Cloud computing, or simply cloud, refers to the concept of delivering to a client’s computer(s) the entire range of hosting services and computing resources – including data storage, data management, data processing, and applications – via a network of remote virtual servers hosted on the Internet, on a pay-as-per-usage basis.

Cloud computing is different from traditional hosting in that it is sold by the minute or hour of usage of the cloud space. A person is also allowed at the flexibility of choosing the amount of cloud space according to his or her needs.

The entire service is managed by the provider: all that the client needs is a personal computer and Internet access. Cloud, being a network-based distributed computing system, enables the client to run a single program or application simultaneously on many connected computers.

Cloud services are broadly of three types: IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service), PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service), and SaaS (Software-as-a-Service). SaaS cloud computing is typically associated with business applications such as email to fax, office productive software, design tools, etc. However, it also has proved to be very effective in the field of life sciences too, particularly in facilitating collaboration between life sciences companies and physicians, thereby improving productivity.

Though these companies would like to extend the same cloud computing advantages to the R&D sector too, legitimate concerns about protecting intellectual property rights remain.

Here is how cloud-based solutions can facilitate growth of the life sciences industry:

Personalized Medication And Better Patient Outcome

Cloud computing can offer life sciences companies a unique platform where they can connect and collaborate effectively with physicians, patients, diagnostic firms, health insurance companies, and other related organizations. This process can generate new insights into consumer needs and behavior, helping the life science companies provide innovative health solutions to the patients, in terms of personalized medication and care and better patient outcome.

Development Of New Products And Techniques

Cloud computing in life sciences industries can offer a faster-access platform to medical researchers to easily and effectively connect to multiple sources across the globe and hence establish cross-enterprise collaboration for the development of novel medicines and treatment techniques. Cloud computing collaborative platforms also facilitate outsourcing of R&D activities, helping to cut down drastically on fixed costs.

For example, the virtual laboratory platform created by AstraZeneca and its collaborators can be accessed from any device via a secure channel using an Internet connection. The laboratory offers virtual staff from numerous contract research organizations. Scientists seeking guidance in conducting their experiments find the included ratings and reviews very useful.

Global Operations Model

A direct cloud communication channel between life science companies and consumers can be used to collect any amount of data from patients, physicians, and R&D laboratories to make a massive data hub. Since a cloud computing channel enables to and from flow of data across the globe, this huge data hub can be accessed by scientists and researchers all over the world.

Thus, when using a cloud platform it is possible to develop a single global system that can be accessed from anywhere in the world, making the user experience more consistent across countries. Enhancing the efficiency of supply chains is another benefit of cloud platforms for pharmaceutical companies.

In conclusion, cloud computing enables life science companies the ability to provide enhanced health services without having to make huge investments in technical infrastructure. It also helps them expand their business on a global scale.

Author Bio: 

John M. McFarlane, is a tech-preneur who lives in Issaquah, WA. Considered a tech-buff by his family and friends, John embraces the use of cloud computing in business. His latest and favorite iOS app is the iPad Fax App by Maxemail because it lets him send and recieve faxes – all online.

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