Health Care Cloud Computing

Cloud Solutions Gaining Traction in Healthcare

HIMSS Analytics recently reported that 83 percent of healthcare organizations are embracing the cloud as an infrastructure for various information technology solutions include clinical.  HIMSS further reports that 100 percent of healthcare organization have plans to expand using the cloud in some way.

The reasons cited for greater use of the cloud included lower maintenance costs, speed of deployment and lack of internal staffing resources.  We have discussed this before here on this blog and cloud computing continues to accelerate in healthcare.  Ironically, the healthcare world has been relatively slow to adopt the cloud as a infrastructure compared to the rest of the business world.  Technology vendor CDQ analyzed eight sectors in their use of the cloud and the healthcare sector came in seventh.  The only sector lower in terms of cloud adoption were state and local governments that tend to progress slowly due to budgetary issues.

But the healthcare sector is catching up quickly:

“Cloud services have been long praised as a tool to reduce operating expenses for healthcare organizations.  The data presented in our inaugural survey demonstrates the healthcare industry’s eagerness to leverage this resource,” said Lorren Pettit, Vice President of Market Research for HIMSS Analytics. “With such a positive market outlook, we hope vendors will leverage the business intelligence gleaned from this report, continue working with providers to meet their needs, and help healthcare organizations provide the most cost-efficient care.”

Individual providers are not hesitating to embrace the cloud either.

“There doesn’t appear to be a significant reluctance to move to the cloud by providers,” says Ed Park, chief operating officer of athenahealth, a vendor of cloud-based services for electronic health records (EHRs), practice management and care coordination. “I think there are still pockets, particularly in some of the larger enterprises, where you have CIOs who still want to have their own bricks and mortar-their own data centers and servers. But, I think everyone else-especially the small- and medium-sized groups-have been moving to the cloud, and an increasing number of forward-thinking large groups.”

The Cloud Computing freight train just keeps on rolling.  Information Week reports that estimates for spending on cloud computing are in the $180 Billion range.

To learn more about the findings for the survey, which examines the responses of 150 healthcare organizations – including medical practices, hospitals, and healthcare systems – visit the HIMSS Analytics website.