HealthcareCloud services are a growing area that holds huge potential across all areas, particularly healthcare. By effectively utilising cloud, health organisations can create dynamic infrastructures that improve operational effectiveness and dexterity by optimising and accelerating their IT resources and service delivery.

A recent study by the IBM Institute for Business Value highlighted the importance of IT infrastructure. Of the 750 CTOs across a range of industries surveyed, over 70% recognised the importance of IT in enabling competitive advantage and optimising revenue and profits. However, less than 10% reported that their existing IT infrastructure is fully prepared to address the proliferation of mobile devices, social media, data analytics and cloud computing. Despite the stated importance of IT infrastructure, only 22% of companies surveyed have a well-defined enterprise IT infrastructure strategy roadmap in place.

This research highlights the challenges healthcare organisations face as they grapple with the new era of IT. The first step towards transforming the enterprise with cloud computing begins with the preparation of the IT infrastructure for more advanced cloud computing strategies. Complete transformation to the cloud is a journey not limited to infrastructure, though it is a fundamental business shift in how IT services are developed, financed and delivered.

Cloud computing enables healthcare organisations to rapidly develop platform services in preparation for the digital health revolution and the growing importance of remote care services, using information from the Internet of Things (IoT).

Healthcare organisations are turning to cloud computing to support new care delivery models and the business capabilities required to navigate the complex technological, regulatory, legislative and cultural shifts occurring in the industry. The flexibility, scalability and access provided by cloud environments make them ideal platforms for information exchange, including the information needs emerging for greater collaboration and personalised patient care in the healthcare industry.

By harnessing the power of cloud computing, healthcare organisations can create dynamic infrastructures that improve operational speed and dexterity by optimising and accelerating IT resource and service delivery.

IBM helps healthcare organisations around the world build private and hybrid clouds and manages millions of cloud-based transactions every day. IBM is unique in bringing together key cloud technologies, deep process knowledge, a broad portfolio of cloud solutions and one of the world’s largest  and deepest portfolios of analytics solutions. IBM cloud analytic services and solutions span hardware, software, services and research and are supported by almost 9,000 business analysts and optimization consultants, 400 researchers and a network of global delivery centers.

The IBM security portfolio is extensive, integrated and can address many of the concerns in the healthcare industry regarding cloud services adoption.