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IDC Health Insights: Cloud Computing Gaining Ground Among Healthcare Organizations across Asia/Pacific

April 17, 2012

Although the Asia/Pacific region is yet to witness widespread adoption of cloud services in the healthcare industry, a recent survey conducted by IDC Health Insights revealed that the future looks promising for this disruptive technology.

In the survey, 69 percent of IT decision makers across the region indicated that they currently have budget assigned to cloud computing. 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. More insights can be found in the latest IDC Health Insights report, “Cloud Computing in Healthcare: An Asia/Pacific View.”

The study yielded another interesting insight — 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. “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,” says Sash Mukherjee, Senior Market Analyst for IDC Health Insights Asia/Pacific.

While there are differences in the mindsets of the six countries surveyed, the overriding concern regarding cloud technology revolves around security and connectivity issues. However, smaller healthcare organizations that outsource their IT functions anyway, may in fact benefit from standardized cloud offerings that already have some compliance stamps.

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. However, surprisingly, 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, solutionslike electronic health records (EHR) and telemedicine are seeing increased cloud uptake.

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