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Business Strategy: Cloud Computing in Healthcare: An Asia/Pacific View

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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."

Table of Contents


IDC Health Insights Opinion




In This Study


  • Methodology

  • Healthcare Industry Definitions

Situation Overview

  • Cloud Services Key Attributes

  • Role of Cloud Computing in Healthcare

  • Healthcare Cloud Uptake in Asia/Pacific

The Approach

  • Strategic Considerations for Cloud Adoption

  • Public Versus Private: The Ongoing Debate

    • Public Cloud Service

    • Private Cloud Service

    • Hybrid Cloud Service

    • Public, Private, or Hybrid: The Confusion Continues

    • Perceptions around the Public Cloud

    • The "Last Mile" Concern

Future Outlook

  • Cloud Budget

    • Cloud as a Solution for Specific Computing Needs

    • Cloud as a Solution for Industry-Specific Applications

Essential Guidance

  • Actions to Consider

    • Implications for Healthcare Providers

    • Implications for Technology Vendors

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  • Related Research

  • Synopsis

Figure: Asia/Pacific Drivers of Cloud Adoption in Healthcare

Figure: Asia/Pacific Healthcare Industry Percentage of 2012 IT Budget Dedicated to Cloud Computing


Figure: Asia/Pacific Healthcare Industry Functions Considered Most Suitable for Public Cloud Services


Figure: Asia/Pacific Healthcare Industry Functions Considered Most Suitable for Private Cloud Services


Figure: Asia/Pacific Healthcare Industry Functions Considered Most Suitable for Hybrid Cloud Services


Figure: Asia/Pacific Healthcare Industry Cloud Applications Suitability


Figure: Asia/Pacific Drivers of Public Cloud Adoption in Healthcare


Figure: Asia/Pacific Barriers of Public Cloud Adoption in Healthcare


Figure: The "Last Mile" Concern


Figure: Change in Cloud Investment in the Next 3 Years - Healthcare Industry, Asia/Pacific


Figure: Asia/Pacific Healthcare Industry Future Plans for Cloud Offerings


Figure: Asia/Pacific Future Plans for Healthcare Applications on Cloud


Figure: The Healthcare Maturity Model


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