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Health System Management • December 2016

1. SOFTWARE AS A SERVICE Office productivity applications — such as file sharing, human capital management systems and time management solutions — continue to proliferate in the cloud. In 2014, 73.4% of healthcare providers reported leveraging the cloud2 to support back-office functions. As healthcare providers continue to face formidable budgets constraints, HEALTHCARE IT HEALTH SYSTEM MANAGEMENT | DECEMBER | 2016 The Cloud: Set to Soar in Healthcare A ‘cloudy’ forecast for 2017… and beyond The cloud continues to expand rapidly in healthcare from its stronghold in back-office systems to reach across the entire industry lifecycle — from research and development to care delivery to patient empowerment. Estimates project a threefold increase in cloud services in healthcare between 2016 and 2020.1 Growing confidence in the ability of cloud services to ensure the safety and security of protected health information is helping to fuel this impressive growth. Let’s take a look at the cloud’s success, and new developments in three areas. BY SANDRA YU AND NEAL CLARK Yu and Clark are cloud client executives for CDW 17 WWW.HEALTHSYSTEMMGMT.COM “As healthcare providers continue to face formidable budgets constraints, the cloud will play an expanded role in achieving cost efficiencies.”


Health System Management • December 2016
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