APAC healthcare CIOs to spend more on cloud in the next three years

by CXOtoday Staff    Apr 17, 2012

The healthcare industry is waking up to the benefits of cloud architectures in solving their human resource issues, and helping them in their strategic business goals.

A recent survey conducted by IDC Health Insights revealed that the future of cloud services in the healthcare industry in the Asia/Pacific region looks promising.

IDC found that 69 percent of IT decision makers across the region indicated that they currently have budget assigned for cloud services.

In the next three years, none of them have intentions to reduce cloud spending while more than half of them have intentions to spend more.

“The healthcare industry is waking up to the benefits of cloud architectures in solving their human resource issues, and helping them in their strategic business goals of improving patient satisfaction, clinical outcomes, and providing collaborative healthcare,” said Sash Mukherjee, Senior Market Analyst for IDC Health Insights Asia/Pacific.

The study revealed that the Asia/Pacific healthcare service providers are looking at cloud adoption beyond short-term benefits such as pay-per-use models, no implementation costs, and out-of-the-box features.

While there are differences in the mindsets of IT decision makers in the six countries that IDC Health Insights surveyed, the overriding concern regarding cloud adoption seemed to be security issues.

“Cloud providers have to dispel the common misconceptions and confusions in the minds of end-users especially around security, and the relative advantages of the private, public and hybrid cloud,” Mukherjee said.

The study also showed that server and storage capacity on demand are the key areas of cloud uptake in the healthcare industry, reflecting the huge volume of structured and unstructured data that patient-centric care generates.

IDC said that when it comes to industry-specific applications, picture archiving is not an area where cloud technology is being considered.

“Reflecting the increasing need for providing collaborative healthcare, solutions like electronic health records (EHR) and telemedicine are seeing increased cloud uptake,” the study said.