Health-Care Organizations Increasingly Trusting the Cloud More

Health-care organizations increasingly are seeing the benefits and efficiencies of moving toward outsourcing and trusting the cloud, while data privacy and security remain primary concerns.

Peak 10's Christina KyriaziThat’s according to the key findings of Peak 10’s 2nd National IT Trends in Healthcare study. Peak 10 surveyed another 157 C-level executives and IT professionals across the United States this year.

Christina Kyriazi, Peak 10’s product marketing and analytics manager, tells Channel Partners that three key trends emerged compared to the previous report.

“First, there is a clear transition from in-house infrastructure to cloud adoption – with a nearly 50 percent increase in cloud adoption for IaaS, and about a third (33 percent) increase in cloud adoption for SaaS,” she said. “This is due to a number of reasons, namely, as technology has progressed to provide increased security, health-care organizations have greater confidence in placing their trust in the cloud. Also, health-care IT leaders are starting to see the efficiencies they gain from adopting cloud.”

Second, the changing role of IT leaders or CIOs has become increasingly apparent, Kyriazi said. With the shift to digital, the CIO has a “driving seat in the boardroom,” she said.{ad}

“CIOs are now responsible for lower cost and efficiency, quality of care for better outcomes and patient experience,” she said. “These responsibilities require a more strategic role in IT leadership, which means more reliance on strategic IT partners.”

And third, with all data now electronic, the biggest challenges for IT are security, compliance and data protection, Kyriazi said. Government regulations on security and patient information are placing additional stress on health-care providers, she said.

“While decision makers say that their budgets are increasing, resources still remain strained due to pressure to remain in compliance and breach-free,” she said.

Health-care organizations are implementing telemedicine portals, and relying more on analytics and big data to accommodate the rapidly growing analyst-based workforce, according to the study.

IT budgets are expected to increase in the next 12 months, according to two-thirds (67 percent) of health-care IT leaders. Also, the main challenges CIOs and IT leaders face are system interoperability issues, meeting security and compliance, and balancing their human capital resources to meet regulatory and business requirements, according to Peak 10.

“Cloud and managed services providers have the opportunity to not only provide infrastructure, but also monitoring and managing security to take away some of the headaches and worries of health-care providers,” Kyriazi said. “Keeping health-care infrastructures safe will always be a challenge. The addition of connected devices, electronic health-care record (EHR) providers and more, adds to the challenge that channel partners face on a daily basis. Staying connected, compliant and transparent with health-care providers will ensure a seamless, efficient patient experience.”

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