• January 17, 2017

Catch a Cloud: What to Expect as Healthcare Goes Digital

IoT and Big Data are transforming medicine as we know it.

Across the healthcare industry, doctors, administrators, and other medical professionals are increasingly embracing cloud computing. That’s because, like so many other industries, healthcare has realized the tremendous benefits of moving to the cloud, including fast and reliable access to data, significant cost savings, and better experiences for patients.

To get a sense of just how ubiquitous the cloud is in the healthcare industry, consider that in 2014, 83 percent of IT healthcare executives reported using cloud services. And while that number has continued to grow in the years since, perhaps the most telling metric of all is the projected growth in the cloud services healthcare market. According to Markets and Markets, the value of that market is expected to balloon from $3.7 billion in 2015 to $9.5 billion by 2020.

Among the reasons why the cloud is such an attractive option for healthcare is the fact that it’s a secure, scalable, and collaborative solution that will pave the way for a variety of innovations across the industry. For example:

  • According to a recent survey of healthcare IT and leadership professionals, 59 percent of respondents noted they’re using or planning to use cloud solutions for Big Data analysis. This will lead to better outcomes for patients by allowing doctors to take advantage of analytics-driven insights when treating them.
  • Using the cloud will also enable the rise of virtual care. Since most routine visits to the doctor don’t actually require face-to-face interactions, a growing number of them will be conducted remotely. In fact, by 2021, 80 percent of patient interactions will involve the Internet of Things and Big Data, both of which rely on cloud solutions.
  • Seventy-three percent of industry professionals will use the cloud to host patient empowerment tools. That’s important because by giving patients access to home healthcare resources, they will be in a better position to educate themselves, monitor their own health, and share their health records.

In the months and years ahead, we can expect to see more major changes in the industry. Secure data sharing will make it possible to deliver personalized healthcare seamlessly anywhere in the world. Chronic healthcare treatment will increasingly transition from the hospital to the home. And cloud-enabled Big Data will improve public health through proactive monitoring by encouraging healthier lifestyles. The way we think about medicine, transformed.

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