Healthcare Inches Into the Cloud: Current Analysis Discusses Industry Security Concerns

Current Analysis, the market leader in continuous, tactical competitive intelligence for the telecommunications and information technology markets, announced today an analyst view into the use of cloud in the healthcare market. Amy Larsen DeCarlo, Principal Analyst for Security and Data Center Services at Current Analysis, provides an assessment of the state of IT innovation in the industry as a whole.

“As adroit as the healthcare sector is when it comes to applying advanced medical technologies to improve diagnostics, treatments, and ultimately patient outcomes, the industry has a more awkward relationship with information technology in general and collaboration solutions in particular,” commented Ms. DeCarlo.

“Though healthcare providers have often invested heavily in communications systems to streamline the information sharing process, many of these often proprietary implementations have fallen far short of expectations.”

Key highlights include:

  • Recent research on cloud use conducted by IT provider, CDW, found that just 35% of the healthcare IT professionals surveyed are either implementing or supporting cloud deployments today.
  • Worries about security are keeping some health organizations on the sidelines;
  • however, organizations in the industry are becoming increasingly receptive to the model, based at least in part on experience with on-demand storage and other services for personal use.

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