Cloud Computing: Clear Benefits: The Emerging Role of Cloud Computing in Healthcare Information Systems

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Executive Summary

In 1986, then Chief Technology Officer at Sun Microsystems defined the technical underpinnings of the Internet age with his prophetic observation that "The Network is the Computer." As profound as they have been already, changes in the way everyone live and work brought about by the availability of a worldwide networked computer (the Internet) are still in their early stages from a historical perspective. Indeed, as fiber-optics and high-speed wireless technologies extend the reach and power of computer networks more deeply into the individual lives, the Internet of today will likely be viewed by future generations as a curious anachronism, in the same way the authors consider the Model-T Ford car a historical artifact that shares little in common with today's vehicles.

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