I’ve made no secret of the fact that cloud computing has the potential to provide a huge amount of value to the healthcare world. Recently, the market research firm, Markets and Markets, predicted the Cloud Computing Market for healthcare-related services to grow $5.4 billion by 2017. That jives with other recent predictions, and I think it’s way too slow for healthcare to delve into cloud computing.
However, the transition comes with some large to do lists for most healthcare providers. Most of them have a lot to do to prep for the cloud. This includes normalizing existing enterprise applications and data, and buckling down on some security and compliance planning.
It’s not rocket science, as to what should occur. Some fast planning should happen around the migration of some of systems and data that will provide the most bang for the buck. Those in healthcare IT have a pretty good idea what those systems are, and they should have those migrations in the queue by the end of the year.