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The Cloud revolution has transformed healthcare providers by offering unparalleled scalability, flexibility, and innovation. With the power of platforms like AWS and Azure, providers can streamline operations, enhance data security, and drive cost efficiencies. This digital transformation has supported groundbreaking healthcare applications like telemedicine, remote patient monitoring, and AI-driven diagnostics. As the Cloud continues to reshape healthcare, the industry urgently needs to bridge the talent gap and equip professionals with essential skills for this rapidly evolving ecosystem. 

Lately, our healthcare partners have expressed that meeting their IT talent demands is at an all-time high. They’re not alone. With 66% of healthcare leaders preparing to move their technology infrastructures to the cloud this year1 , the need for immediate talent is exacerbated. Some of the most in-demand roles in cloud computing in healthcare include: 

  1. Cloud Architect: designs and manages cloud infrastructure for healthcare providers. This includes planning and implementing cloud-based storage, networking, and security solutions. 
  2. Cloud Engineer: builds and maintains cloud-based infrastructure, including servers, storage, and networking solutions. 
  3. Cloud Security Analyst: implements and manages security measures to protect patient data stored in the cloud. 
  4. Cloud Administrator: manages the day-to-day operations of cloud-based infrastructure, including performance monitoring, troubleshooting, and maintenance. 
  5. Healthcare Data Analyst: analyzes large amounts of patient data to provide insights into patient health and treatment outcomes. This role requires expertise in data analysis and cloud-based technologies. 

Health systems require professionals with the above skills, as well as experience in specific technologies, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP). On top of that tall order, these professionals must also understand the specific nuances of serving health systems, including compliance and regulations such as HIPAA. 

As a partner to health systems, Optimum grows alongside our partners’ needs. As with any rapidly emerging technology, it can be difficult to find and retain staff with cloud credentials and experience. The Optimum CareerPath offering solves that talent challenge by recruiting and training high potential entry-level talent in the above areas. CareerPath combines education on the healthcare industry and workflows, certification on technology platforms like Azure, AWS, or GCP, and softskills. CareerPath has training programs focused on upskilling talent for a variety of roles, including cloud admins, cloud analysts, and in specific next-gen cloud platforms like Google Looker. For example, CareerPath’s Cloud Data Analyst curriculum builds on healthcare fundamentals through the CHIME Digital Health Professional certification and provides a foundation in cloud-based data migration and manipulation.  

Cloud computing in healthcare is a growing trend, and one that is here to stay. Health systems should consider not only the application of cloud computing and its many benefits, but the long-term talent strategy as they transition to cloud and maintain the technology.  

So, are you a healthcare system, and are you prepared for the cloud revolution and its talent demand? Tell us more about your talent challenges and questions on cloud. We’re here to listen. 

 

References: 

[1] Accenture Digital Health Technology Vision 2021. https://www.accenture.com/_acnmedia/PDF-156/Accenture-Digital-Health-Tech-Vision-2021.pdf 

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