Healthcare Organisations Move To Cloud Computing

Global healthcare organisations will increase their spending on cloud computing services by 20% a year until 2020, when the value of the investments will be more than $12.6bn.

The three main types of cloud computing service in healthcare are infrastructure as a service, platform as a service, and include public, private and private hybrid clouds.

One of the latest trends to have been observed in the global healthcare cloud computing market is the increasing use of mobile devices for delivering healthcare services.

The report warned however that there are major challenges to overcome around cloud computing for healthcare organisations.

It said: "Factors such as high cost involved in the implementation of clinical information systems and a lack of security and privacy of patients' information restrain the global market for healthcare cloud computing."

Cloud-based healthcare applications include electronic medical records, picture archiving, communication systems, pharmacy information systems, radiology information systems and laboratory information systems.

Many experts believe that the cloud's resiliency and high availability is a cost effective alternative to an on-premise storage implementation.

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