According to Sash Mukherjee, senior market analyst for IDC Health Insights Asia/Pacific, 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,' Mukherjee said.
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 organisations that outsource their IT functions anyway, may in fact benefit from standardised cloud offerings that already have some compliance stamps.
The IDC study also showed that server and storage capacity on demand are the key areas of cloud uptake in the healthcare industry, which the analyst firm says reflects 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, solutions like electronic health records (EHR) and telemedicine are seeing increased cloud uptake,' Mukherjee observes.
However, Mukherjee asserts that confusions abound in the region, especially when it comes to the 'suitability of the public, private or the hybrid cloud to specific IT functions.'
And, IDC suggests that to succeed in the healthcare market, cloud providers would have to dispel the 'misconceptions and confusions in the minds of end users', especially around security, and the relative advantages of private, public and hybrid clouds.