Health Care Organizations Embrace the Cloud
Nearly half (46 percent) of all health care organizations surveyed cited better allocation of IT resources as the biggest benefit of cloud computing.The vast majority (96 percent) of midsize health care organizations surveyed are using or considering using cloud computing, according to a survey commissioned by Dell of 2,038 employees of midsize public and private organizations across 11 regions worldwide. A significant number of health care respondents are using a private cloud (43 percent) or a hybrid cloud solution (43 percent), the study showed. The research also revealed the health care sector's confidence in the security of data stored in a private cloud environment, with 64 percent indicating that they are "very confident" that their data is protected. "Many health care organizations are overwhelmed with just keeping the lights on when it comes to IT projects. Staying on top of regulatory requirements and day-to-day operations doesn't leave time for much else," Dr. Cliff Bleustein, head of Dell's global health care consulting services, told eWEEK. "That's where the cloud comes in, and I think we'll continue to see adoption rates climb—particularly with hybrid solutions—in 2015. This approach helps health care organizations reclaim resources from maintenance tasks and inefficient processes in order to fund much-needed innovation." In addition, nearly half (46 percent) of all health care organizations surveyed cited better allocation of IT resources as the biggest benefit of cloud computing—a benefit that was followed closely by cost savings (39 percent).
"Cloud hosting facilitates access to data from any Internet-connected device, giving health care providers mobility without having to store data on vulnerable end-user devices," Dr. Bleustein said. "Forgoing on-site servers also frees up physician practices from the need to create and maintain hardware infrastructure, allowing them to focus on the clinical and business issues of implementing an EMR [electronic medical record], or any other clinical or business application."