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Embracing the Cloud

Shared by Radhika Narayanan | 15 118 0 | about 12 months ago

The healthcare industry is in a period of significant evolution. Everywhere you turn, you hear talk of mergers, acquisitions, practice transformation, value-based care models, and workflow optimizations. Healthcare organizations are looking to information technology investments to adapt (and, with luck, thrive) during and beyond this period of dynamic change. And a new IDC Health Insights report, “Business Strategy: Trends and Opportunities in the U.S. Healthcare Provider Market — A Discussion of the 2015–2016 Healthcare Provider Technology Spend Survey Results,” suggests one such adaptation involves finally warming to cloud-based technologies.

“The cloud is not a new technology. But its adoption in healthcare has lagged because of the unique concerns of healthcare organizations around security, availability of data, and latency of data. You need to have secure data available rapidly at the point of care,” says Nancy Fabozzi, a principal analyst in Frost & Sullivan’s Transformation Health group. “That’s what you need for any information system when you are in an environment when you are caring for patients.”

Cloud computing, loosely defined as the process of sharing resources across a network of computers to store and process information so that data can be accessed from anywhere, has been successfully leveraged in other industries, allowing more flexibility and reducing costs, for nearly a decade. And according to the IDC report, healthcare organizations are becoming more open to the idea. Thirty percent of respondents stated they were comfortable with the cloud in 2014—with an additional 41.5 percent saying they their comfort levels with cloud-based technologies had increased from 2014 to 2015. Furthermore, provider organization respondents reported an estimated average of 24 percent of IT spend would go into projects that use managed third-party hosting and 18 percent to software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings.

So why the change? Fabozzi says that, as the healthcare sector continues to weather dramatic changes, provider organizations need more flexibility in their technology infrastructure in order to keep up.

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