Level 3 Communications

Karin Ratchinsky

We’re Past the Tipping Point in Healthcare Cloud Adoption

In terms of cloud adoption, few industries have been as hesitant as healthcare to jump on board. And with good reason; we’re hearing about data breaches, hacks and ransomware on a near daily basis. In fact, ZDNet reported that nearly every American was affected by at least one data breach last year.

Despite that, RightScale, in its 2016 State of the Cloud survey found that security is no longer the number one obstacle to cloud adoption for enterprises – it’s lack of resources/expertise, followed by security, then compliance. In fact, the percentage of enterprise IT leaders rating cloud security as a significant challenge dropped 10 percentage points over the last two years.

We are seeing that healthcare is now past the tipping point in terms of embracing the potential of the cloud. In fact, Markets and Markets reported last year that, between 2015 and 2020, healthcare providers would be adopting cloud solutions at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 20 percent each year. We see that echoed in the 2016 Level 3 Cloud Adoption Survey conducted by HIMSS Analytics that we released earlier this week.

Over the past two years, there has been a 65 percent increase in the likelihood that healthcare organizations are moving key applications to the cloud. Business applications like Office 365 are one driver, as are HR and financial applications. But, we’re also seeing healthcare providers hosting patient applications and using or planning to use cloud for the compute cycles needed to leverage intelligence derived from Big Data analytics.

The industry recognizes that the cloud is the right platform for scalability and agility. These characteristics are required for the next generation healthcare network infrastructure to be equipped to respond to the transformative change taking place in the industry.

In order for cloud solutions to be effective, they have to be secure, consistent and high performing. The network infrastructure component of cloud connectivity is mission-critical in ensuring these requirements are met and ensuring that solutions deliver against the 24/7/365 nature of healthcare organizations. The critical role of the network is underscored by the results of our survey as respondents indicate their top drivers of cloud adoption are cost savings, BCDR planning and scale – all of which hinge on the performance of the healthcare organization’s chosen network solution.

To learn more about how today’s leading healthcare organizations are leveraging the cloud, download the 2016 Level 3 Cloud Adoption Survey.