Geisinger has selected Amazon Web Services as its cloud vendor. The Danville, Pennsylvania-based health system will transition its entire digital portfolio of more than 400 applications and numerous workflows to AWS.

This deal marks one of the biggest electronic health record moves to AWS so far. Earlier this week, Tufts Medicine announced its own sprawling cloud migration.

Geisinger conducted a detailed, multi-year review and selection process. The health system concluded transitioning to AWS would help it in saving several million dollars annually after implementation is completed.

Geisinger also concluded the cloud migration to AWS will enable the health system to develop innovative technological advancements in areas like artificial intelligence and machine learning. These advancements should help improve access to and quality of care, the health system said. The transition also will enable teams to create workflow efficiencies for employees to increase productivity while streamlining and simplifying daily work, Geisinger said.

“This is more than migrating applications to the cloud,” said Geisinger CIO John Kravitz in a statement. “We know that rapidly evolving technology, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, can help save lives. Not to mention that this will make our staff more agile and responsive so they can spend more time at the bedside, where our patients need them most.”

Geisinger will conduct comprehensive cloud skills training for the vast majority of its 24,000 employees. Training is already underway with many Geisinger employees, and the training will be ongoing over the next five years.

“At the end of the day, everything we do at Geisinger is about making better health easier,” Kravitz said. “This effort is no different. Technology is something that enables us to carry out our vision.

“Migrating to AWS does just that,” he added. “Being more nimble with technology development and deployment lets our teams focus on doing what they do best – providing compassionate, world-class, easily accessible healthcare to the communities we have the pleasure of serving.”

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