News | May 27, 2010

Is Cloud Computing Annoying?

Ms. PACS: Has anyone seen him? The PACSman, I mean. I filed a missing person's report, posted his face on a milk carton, but still no sign of him. But of course, he must be moonlighting on some other blog.

Well the only thing more frustrating about him running off with another blogger is the pretentious attitude of IT "geeks" (they love to be called that) when you talk to them about cloud computing. They act like you are so behind the times, or just a moron, because cloud computing has been around for awhile. Didn't you know?

Even when you say you realize Amazon, Google and Facebook, which you've been using for years now, are clouds (because someone recently tipped you off), you're still scoffed at. But for you PACS admins, what business are you in anyway? This is health care. It's always been a decade behind the consumer curve when it comes to IT. Blame it on incentives; compared to consumer markets, there is less in health care.

Let's face it, much of the PACS user interface is a rip off of Adobe Photoshop anyway. How's that for being an early adopter?

Besides, cloud computing may be yesterday's news amongst IT geeks, but it is still relatively new to PACS and even advanced visualization for medical imaging. Ergo, it is relevant in radiology today. And should be in radiation oncology where image volumes are going through the roof. But who knows when the RT image management systems will catch on. And when it does in 2020...it will be relevant too. So lose the attitude.

What about cloud economics. The adoption of cloud-based architecture is assured if it benefits hospitals financially. This makes it...
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