Access to technology, especially infrastructure, is one of the biggest drivers of innovation. For this reason, every time AWS expands into a new region, it’s exciting because it means our customers have more access to reliable, scalable and secure cloud services. A little over a week ago, we launched the AWS Europe (Zurich) Region, and now you can start building with the new AWS Europe (Spain) region.
If we go all the way back to 2007, AWS was the first cloud service provider in Europe. There was one AWS region in Ireland: eu-west-1. There was one service: S3. Since then, we’ve launched 8 more regions in Europe with 24 Availability Zones, giving AWS customers access to more than 200 services like EC2, Lambda, Greengrass, and Snowball. In total, this brings us to 29 regions with 93 Availability Zones across the globe.
Our goal has always been to give businesses of all sizes the tools they need to solve the world’s toughest problems, and one industry where I’m starting to see cloud technologies make a significant impact is in healthcare. Many of you may not know this, but before I worked in technology, I was a radiologist. I remember how things used to be – how difficult and expensive it was to collect, store and analyze patient data. So it’s inspiring to see how companies like Barcelona-based HumanITcare are leveraging the cloud to improve the healthcare experience for doctors and patients alike.
A problem that many doctors face is that they lose track of how their patients are doing as soon as they leave the clinic. Getting more information and collecting more data means another office visit, which costs everyone time and money and puts additional pressure on an already overburdened system.
HumanITcare has built a connected health solution, which is an event-driven monitoring and analytics platform on AWS that provides healthcare professionals with real-time patient data collected from wearables, home medical devices and third-party fitness applications. Armed with a constant stream of data, doctors can more easily observe a patient’s condition over time and even use deep learning models to predict patient outcomes. And all this can happen without a personal visit.
This technology has the potential to improve the quality of life not only for patients with respiratory, cardiac, oncological or chronic diseases, but for anyone seeking preventive care. HumanITcare estimates that their platform can reduce emergency visits by up to 33% and reduce the risk of readmission by almost 40%.
With the AWS Europe (Spain) region, customers like HumanITcare have a region closer to their customers where they have new opportunities to innovate, modernize and scale. I can’t wait to see what new levels of creativity and innovation emerge throughout this region.
Now go build!