Healthcare and the Cloud – A Look Ahead

A recent report by IDC Health Insights listed their top 10 predictions for health IT in 2015. Not surprisingly, cloud computing is expected to play an increasingly relevant role in how healthcare is delivered. IDC predicts that by 2020, 80 percent of health data will pass through the cloud at some point. But what is driving this adoption? Following are some key trends that the HOSTING team is tracking.

Consumers want control of their healthcare experience

The advent and evolution of smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices have further enhanced consumer’s desire to receive products and services “on-demand.” At the same time, they want a personalized experience with their healthcare providers. Forward thinking healthcare organizations are responding by creating comprehensive patient profiles that enable them to deliver personalized treatment plans to their patients. They are also developing “omni-channel” strategies that allow them to provide a consistent patient experience regardless of the means of communication in which the patient chooses to engage. As healthcare CIOs address the need for streamlined access to protected health information (PHI) via mobile devices, they are relying on secure, scalable and highly available cloud solutions that ensure their applications deliver a seamless customer experience 24 x 7 x 365.

Big data will drive care coordination and patient engagement

The need to manage patients with chronic conditions will lead 70 percent of healthcare organizations to invest in consumer-facing mobile apps, wearable health devices, remote monitoring tools and virtual care. These investments will generate an increased demand for big data and analytics capabilities to support these initiatives. However, the explosion of big data also comes with significant risks.

• According to IDC, by 2020, nearly half of digital healthcare data will be unprotected, as more stakeholders depend on bigger data sets.

• IDC also predicts that by 2015, 50 percent of healthcare organizations will have experienced between one and five cyberattacks in the previous 12 months – one third of those attacks will be successful.

Today’s healthcare CIOs are not only tasked with analyzing patient data but also keeping it secure against sophisticated cyberattacks. Faced with a lack of internal skills or resources, they will increasingly turn to cloud service providers that possess deep experience in data analytics and security.

Compliance remains a key concern for healthcare organizations when considering the cloud

While healthcare organizations are starting to realize the benefits of adopting cloud-based solutions, they are proceeding carefully. Only 27% of the healthcare industry’s servers are outsourced today, and the majority of those (88%) are non-HIPAA compliant. Aligning with a compliant cloud services provider is a top priority for healthcare organizations who are considering the cloud. Additionally, they want to partner with a CSP that will not only provide expert guidance in achieving compliance, but also support them through subsequent audits.

Today’s healthcare is becoming digital, collaborative, patient-centered and data driven. With the rising adoption of cloud solutions, the industry is seeing the possibility of fundamentally transforming how medicine is delivered through improved clinical workflow, streamlined decision-making, and secure, accessible data sharing. Given the diverse and fragmented nature of the healthcare industry, combined with the advent and evolution of new devices such as tablets, smart phones and wearables, the impact of cloud computing will be through the convergence of data, compliance and mobility.

Ignoring the one-cloud-fits-all approach, HOSTING collaborates with customers to create managed cloud solutions that meet today’s needs and prepare for tomorrow’s challenges. Contact HOSTING today to discuss what we can do for you.

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