“…in 10 years, I think the data centers will mostly be in the cloud.” Paul Butler, director of Top Tier Consulting, is one of many who believe healthcare IT is changing. Some suggest ridding of data centers all together, and others are considering hybrid solutions of physical data centers and cloud providers.

Hospitals Can’t Keep Up

IDC predicted in 2017 that more than 80% of companies would move towards hybrid models. Hospitals, in particular, find the cloud appealing because of the constant changes in healthcare technology. Hospitals are plagued with the need to invest in upgrades and replacements of existing hardware and software. A majority of what hospitals purchase in terms of physical servers becomes yesterday’s technology in only a few months. They’re struggling to play catch up, and the cloud can help.

How the Cloud Makes a Difference

According to one source, “Going the cloud route adds agility and efficiency since more memory/storage can be added as needed by simply spending on operations, not physical tech. The cloud offers the added carrot of set-up speed by doing away with the procurement and installation hoops during system upgrades, which can often take months.”

Who Will Use the Cloud?

Sajid Ahmed, chief innovation and information officer at MLK Jr. Community Hospital, expects smaller organizations, such as standalone hospitals, rural hospitals, and clinics, will move to the cloud. It’s more cost-effective than managing data inside the hospital. These facilities often have strained budgets and can’t keep up with the changing physicality, cost of servers, and the attendant costs. They’re drawn by cloud providers who frequently discount maintenance fees.

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