In the Asia/Pacific region, there are isolated instances of cloud adoption in the healthcare sector; but the industry still has a long way to go before a widespread adoption of cloud technology, especially the public cloud, is seen. Investments in cloud services comprise a very small percentage of the IT budget in most healthcare organizations. However, the good news is that in a recent survey conducted, none of the organizations polled intended to reduce their cloud budget over the next three years. 50% of the organizations polled actually intended to increase the percentage of their cloud budget over the same period, showing a steady rise in uptake of cloud technology.
While there are differences in the mindsets of IT decision makers in the six countries that IDC Health Insights surveyed, the overriding concern regarding cloud adoption seemed to be security issues. "However, smaller organizations that are currently outsourcing their IT functions anyway, may actually benefit from the centralized and standardized cloud offerings that already have compliance stamps like the HIPAA-compliance in the United States," says Sash Mukherjee, senior market analyst, IDC Health Insights, Asia/Pacific. "Cloud providers have to dispel the common misconceptions and confusions in the minds of end-users especially around security, and the relative advantages of the private, public and hybrid cloud."