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HIMSS Survey Results: Healthcare and the Cloud

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Cloud adoption is accelerating. By 2020, about half of all healthcare IT workloads will deploy to the cloud, and healthcare decision-makers are continuing to invest in the cloud. The cloud provides the power for key digital transformation initiatives in healthcare, but according to the HIMSS Technology Outlook Survey: The Outlook for Cloud, many leaders are still struggling to realize the full potential of the cloud.

The June 2019 survey explores cloud trends in the healthcare industry and identifies common issues that organizations face before implementing cloud technologies. To successfully leverage the cloud, healthcare providers need to consider innovation, efficiencies, and real-world use cases when selecting their cloud partner.

Overview of HIMSS survey results:

  • Eight out of 10 healthcare stakeholders consider cloud a strategic priority for the coming year
  • An estimated 39% of healthcare information technology (HIT) workloads are currently deployed in the cloud
  • It is estimated 50% of HIT workloads are expected to be deployed in the cloud 12 months from now
  • An estimated 79% are making cloud a strategic priority in the coming year

Despite this adoption rate, the study finds that only about 58% of stakeholders are confident they are aligning their spending priorities and technology roadmap to adequately meet their cloud needs.

“There remains some confusion on how to best leverage cloud technologies,” said Joel Thimsen, principal of cloud consulting at Perficient. “Hybrid-cloud and multi-cloud strategies, vendor differentiation, and different implementation and preparation strategies drive the complexity of adopting cloud platforms. With this, it becomes difficult to understand where to start to gain the advantages healthcare organizations seek to enable true transformative change for digital health and data analytics initiatives.”

The cloud is and will remain a crucial piece of IT investment and a foundation for achieving digital transformation and implementing new, innovative technologies. Healthcare organizations are making larger investments – especially in data analytics technologies – in an expanding market. It takes the right strategy and the right partner to make those investments count.

Defining your cloud strategy

We’re a Red Hat Premier Partner – we recently leveraged Red Hat OpenShift to deploy an end-to-end continuous delivery pipeline and a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solution that improved the velocity of application delivery at a large healthcare payer. This solution decreased developer onboarding time, increased speed-to-market of application development, and reshaped our customer’s outlook on leveraging cloud technologies for future growth.

We’ve also worked with healthcare providers to develop a holistic view of the patient and member information using cloud technologies. Cloud infrastructure provides the flexibility, scalability, and cost-effectiveness to enable our customers to consolidate volumes of patient data that is historically housed across disparate platforms and systems.

To drive cloud adoption, we can help you look at your organization’s goals and determine a cloud strategy that will help address business-critical initiatives to increase care quality, reduce costs, and improve overall population health.

Perficient and Red Hat collaborated on these survey results. 

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Caitlin Koenig

Caitlin is the Marketing Manager for Perficient's Emerging Solutions portfolio and Salesforce. She lives in St. Louis and is a proud St. Louis Blues fan.

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