Results from the HIMSS Analytics 2016 Cloud Survey, conducted by Level 3 Communications, found a significant increase in the amount of cloud technology adoption among health care providers.
As the health care industry is focused on implementing digital solutions, more providers are beginning to see the benefits of cloud computing. Forty-seven percent of respondents reported planning to utilize the cloud for business continuity and disaster recovery functions, with 13% having done so already. And 41% plan to use the cloud for health information exchange, up from only 20% in 2014.
Since patient health data is so sensitive, providers need to be sure that new systems are secure and effective before using them. Brian Hoekelman, Level 3’s vice president of business and cloud ecosystem development, emphasized the importance of developing the necessary infrastructure:
Healthcare organizations need to have confidence that the network is going to perform before they start moving applications to the cloud … Leaders are now acknowledging this and it’s becoming a best practice to concentrate on setting up a network infrastructure that offers a high level of performance before you actually start using the cloud.
In the end, the more comfortable providers become with cloud technology and its security, the more it can be used for improving operations across practices.
Organizations are increasingly willing to trust the cloud with protected health information. Healthcare providers are testing cloud platforms with back office applications first, with plans to leverage cloud solutions to manage analytics, PACS storage and rolling out patient facing applications.