Today’s healthcare environment has forced organizations to operate in more connected and informed ways as they strive to deliver efficient and effective high-quality care for their patients. Patients are demanding more informed and “active” involvement in their executed care plan, especially
as their fiscal responsibilities increase with high deductible health plans becoming more prevalent.
To meet the needs of the evolving industry, healthcare providers are increasingly looking at ways to leverage technology in cost-effective ways to deliver on the informational demands and regulatory requirements. One promising option that has gained acceptance and maturity within healthcare is leveraging cloud computing. In the age of the consumer, health information exchange (HIE) and value-based medicine, the rising cost of establishing and maintaining a data center is no longer feasible. Cloud-based solutions are becoming the default choice, and many healthcare CIOs are saying that the preference for solutions is cloud-first, and on-premises solutions must be justified. According to IDC, spending on public cloud services is expected to exceed $141 billion in 2019 – significantly up from $70 billion in 2015.
There are a variety of reasons why healthcare organizations are adopting the cloud. Primary drivers include faster deployment, scalability, and access to new advanced IT capabilities. However, we can’t ignore these other drivers for cloud adoption: Enhance patient engagement and customer satisfaction; improve enterprise performance management, ensure security and compliance; and accelerate innovation. We explore these drivers and more in our new guide, 4 Drivers for Healthcare Cloud Adoption.