Data security, compliance push healthcare firms onto hybrid cloud

Healthcare organisations plans to ramp up hybrid cloud adoption to secure patient data and ensure regulatory compliance, according to Nutanix’s latest Enterprise Cloud Index report. 

The report also shows that digital transformation significantly impacted cloud implementation across various industry verticals, and healthcare organisations were no different with 68% citing this trend.

In line with top healthcare IT trends, healthcare companies ranked personalised healthcare (52%) and AI assistants (44%) as positively impacting their cloud adoption. Embracing cloud is essential for healthcare organisations to deliver the most advanced care. 

Also, being no stranger to regulation, the healthcare industry knows compliance must remain top of mind. More than half of healthcare respondents (55%) cited regulations governing data storage as a top factor influencing future cloud model adoption at their organisations.

Further, the report also found that healthcare organisations were marginally less concerned with cost and budget than they were with accelerating IT deployment.  

Well over half of healthcare respondents (60.4%) said that the state of intercloud security would be the factor having the biggest influence on their future cloud deployments.

Hybrid cloud is considered the most secure, with public cloud coming last. Firms chose hybrid cloud as most secure almost 33% of the time, compared to the average of about 28% from all 2019 ECI respondents.

Close to nine in every 10 (87%) healthcare companies identified hybrid cloud as the ideal IT operating model. In the next three to five years, healthcare companies shared aggressive plans to increase hybrid usage by a net 44% while decreasing traditional data centre deployments by about 35%.

While other industries currently outpace the healthcare space with higher adoption of hybrid cloud, ECI data finds healthcare companies have confidence that the issues of tools, cloud skills, and other obstacles impeding adoption will be worked out fairly quickly. 

“Healthcare organisations today are looking to improve patient experience, increase data interoperability and deliver both virtual and value-based care,” said Cheryl Rodenfels, healthcare strategist at Nutanix.

“These outcomes cannot be achieved without harnessing the power of flexible and secure cloud infrastructure,” said Rodenfels. “A hybrid cloud model enables IT teams to secure patient data and ensure regulatory compliance while allowing healthcare providers to continue delivering advanced technological care to extend patient experience to the digital space.”