A good indication that a certain technology is being accepted into any vertical is the presence of articles written on the topic by vertical specific associations or publications. Such is the case with this article in Healthcare Global, which examines the potential for cloud in healthcare. One reason for such coverage is simple: “According to MarketsandMarkets study released in July this year, the cloud computing market in healthcare industry will be worth more than $5.4 billion by 2017. The report also says that apart from electronic healthcare records(EHR), cloud computing is now being taken up by the healthcare industry players for both clinical and nonclinical applications, like pharmacy use, software imaging and physicians’ orders and other entries. It can also be used for special applications for handling finances, like billing and managing earnings.”
Sounds exciting, doesn’t it? Not only are more healthcare providers both large and small seeing real traction with cloud solutions, the creative use of cloud outside of EHR is gaining traction. That is great news for solution providers, because the more places you can show value with cloud inside a growing vertical market such as healthcare, the more stable your business becomes.
It also comes as no surprise that healthcare continues to be a greenfield opportunity when it comes to cloud. Cloud offers access to data not only via mobile access points within a facility but between one facility and another, helping medical offices to seamless share information and improve patient care. Cloud can also help lower the investment a healthcare provider must make to pull its records keeping and sharing into compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
That same study showed that, as of now, only about 4% of the healthcare industry is using cloud, which means the vertical needs you … seriously. If you are looking for a place to develop an end-to-end cloud practice, and you have any experience in healthcare at all, now might be the time to start investing in vertical specific training to take advantage of the growth still coming in this market.