Healthcare Industry Lens - Healthcare Industry Lens

Healthcare Industry Lens

Publication date: November 17, 2022 (Document revisions)

This paper describes the Healthcare Lens for the AWS Well-Architected Framework, which enables customers to review and improve their cloud-based architectures and better understand the business impact of design decisions. We present general design principles and specific best practices aligned to the six pillars of the Well-Architected Framework.


The AWS Well-Architected Framework helps you understand the pros and cons of decisions you make while building and deploying systems on AWS. By using the Framework you will learn architectural best practices for designing and operating reliable, secure, efficient, sustainable, and cost-effective systems in the cloud. It provides a way to consistently measure your architectures against best practices and identify areas for improvement. We believe that having Well-Architected systems greatly increases the likelihood of business success and improves the patient experience.

In this Lens we focus on how to design, deploy, and manage your healthcare workloads in the AWS Cloud. This Lens augments the Well-Architected Framework and highlights additional key principles that should be considered for healthcare workloads. See Learning path for healthcare for a series of foundational resources that can prepare you to use this document. We recommend that you read the preliminary resources listed in the learning path, like the AWS Well-Architected Framework whitepaper, before reading this Lens. Consider all the principles and questions in the AWS Well-Architected Framework whitepaper and this Lens when designing your architecture.

This document is intended for those in technology roles, such as chief technology officers (CTOs), chief information security officers (CISOs), architects, developers, compliance officers, and operations team members. After reading this document, you will understand AWS best practices and strategies to use when designing architectures for the development and deployment of healthcare applications.

Custom lens availability

Custom lenses extend the best practice guidance provided by AWS Well-Architected Tool. AWS WA Tool allows you to create your own custom lenses, or to use lenses created by others that have been shared with you.

To determine if a custom lens is available for the lens described in this whitepaper, reach out to your Technical Account Manager (TAM), Solutions Architect (SA), or AWS Support.