Healthcare cloud on the rise, report says

Adoption of cloud computing in the healthcare sector is on the rise, as more hospitals and other facilities begin to leverage the technology in an attempt to reduce IT costs, improve mobility and enhance collaboration between patients and physicians. According to a new report by MarketsandMarkets, the global healthcare cloud market will generate more than $5.4 billion in revenue by 2017.

By using the cloud, healthcare organizations can reduce overall IT spending by leveraging a pay-per-use service, either through a pay-as-you-go or subscription pricing model. While the cloud can often help facilities enhance mobility, not all clouds are created equal.

The public cloud, for example, is widely recognized as the less expensive, yet less secure cloud model. As a result, healthcare decision-makers are more poised to adopt the private or hybrid cloud model that enables IT departments to implement more robust security and management tools, making the cloud a more useful and protected resource, MarketsandMarkets noted.

A separate report by CDW noted that roughly 30 percent of healthcare organizations are adopting the cloud because of the technology's increased flexibility, convenience and cost savings. As the cloud matures and evolves, it will become the norm for how hospitals and other facilities perform.

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