Cloud Computing In Healthcare Could Generate $11 Billion In Savings

Posted on by Frank J. Rosello

While 90 percent of healthcare CIOs view IT innovation as critical to success, the more surprising statistic is that fewer than one-fourth consider their existing infrastructure capable of supporting such technological advancement.

That’s according to a report from MeriTalk, published on Monday, June 26th, examining the potential of IT-as-a-service within the healthcare realm by surveying 109 CHIME members.

The ITaaS model can be used to lower operational costs, shift from capital to operational expenditure, boost service levels and streamline application deployment, David Dimond, healthcare solutions chief strategist at EMC, which sponsored the report, explained in a statement.

And 47 percent of respondents said their existing IT portfolio has the potential to be delivered ITaaS-style, be that via private, hybrid, or public clouds.  

Embracing the model could reduce IT costs by 9 percent, the report found, or $11 billion in savings across three years.

“As IT departments transform their operations to run IT as a service, their role will also transform, from exclusive providers of IT services to brokers of IT services,” Dimond said. “An ITaaS framework enables providers to support the pace of change and organizational transformation to meet accountable care goals.”

The migration toward a services approach has already begun, MeriTalk noted in the report, with respondents indicating 15 percent of their current IT portfolio is presently delivered as a service, and 87 percent are deploying virtualization technologies, while 73 percent said they are streamlining operations and 48 percent are centralizing IT management.

“Healthcare reform is forcing new efficiencies,” said Steve O’Keeffe, founder of MeriTalk. “ITaaS results to date show enormous potential. This is a crucial step if we want to revitalize our U.S. healthcare system.”

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