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Cloud providers expand offerings as healthcare interest builds

According to surveys, healthcare CIOs increasingly believe that the digital transformation of healthcare is necessary to advance efforts to better engage patients.

Jeff Rowe | Aug 03, 2017 01:58 pm

As healthcare organizations continue to digitize and upgrade their HIT systems, an increasing number are looking to the cloud to improve their flexibility and scalability in the face of more advanced technology.

As a recent report from Forrester Research puts it, healthcare specific developments from cloud service providers are in the process of ending the “dark ages” of health IT.  

“The enterprise health cloud market is growing in large part due to healthcare CIOs increasingly realizing that digital transformation is necessary to advance efforts to better engage patients,” said report authors. “Enterprise health cloud vendors act as strategic partners to forward-thinking healthcare organizations, advising them on top digital experience creation decisions.”

Still, the report found that healthcare is behind all other industries when it comes to cloud adoption, noting, for example, “Healthcare CIOs prioritize regulatory requirements at the expense of digital transformation, mistakenly putting their faith in siloed systems of record vendors.”

Observing that the healthcare cloud is becoming more advanced and is no longer an all-encompassing term for a single technology, the report highlights the current and future demands healthcare organizations need from their cloud solutions, while also noting top vendors in the space.

“After a decade of watching healthcare organizations struggle with data interoperability challenges, true tech giants and innovators are bringing their experiences from other highly regulated industries to offer a breadth of solutions.”

Many of the top cloud service providers have made a significant effort to release healthcare specific cloud solutions with health IT infrastructure issues in mind, the report showed, and effort due largely to healthcare’s generally slow cloud adoption.

Many healthcare cloud solutions help organizations deal with interoperability issues, reduce IT infrastructure costs, and meet regulatory and compliance standards.