|Healthcare Cloud Computing Outlook, Global, 2016–2021|
|Market Maturity on the Horizon as Cloud Enables New Care Delivery Models through PaaS and Hybrid Cloud Adoption|
The global market for healthcare cloud computing—revenue generated by cloud computing services offered to providers—will be worth just under $10 billion by 2021 primarily driven by the need for storage of the exponentially increasing volume of healthcare data. However, volume is only the beginning of the story; healthcare data in rapidly increasing in terms of complexity, sources, and applications—all of which render the potential to develop new and innovative solutions that leverage cloud platforms. Current cloud applications among healthcare providers are dominated by non-clinical, back-office functions, especially those supporting information technology (IT) workflows.
However, there is a definite peak in adoption of cloud-based clinical applications and in the next five years, key opportunities for cloud platforms will be storage, management, and analytics of imaging data; health information continuity through electronic medical records (EMRs), electronic health records (EHRs), and health information exchanges (HIEs); and telehealth solutions, especially teleradiology and virtual consultations.
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