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Significance of Cloud Computing in the Healthcare Industry

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More and more enterprises see their future in the cloud but those that have already made the leap still face some challenges. In 2020, the cloud is expected to occupy 30% of IT budgets and while the benefits of Software-as-a-service (SaaS) and Platform-as-a-service (PaaS) are numerous, choosing the right partner becomes central to a successful transition.

Almost one-third (30%) of companies that moved to the cloud reported in 2019 that the move failed to meet their expectations. For some industries, the risk of a substandard transformation can extend beyond the malaise of general dissatisfaction.

At Unisys, we understand that some industries have unique needs, and the life sciences and healthcare segments fall squarely into that category. Along with standard IT operational and management concerns, hospitals and medical device manufacturers, for example, have a heightened sensitivity to data security.

Healthcare enterprises must ensure the safety of protected health information (PHI) on the patient side and for those that double as insurance carriers, the secure storage and transmission of claims information must also be considered. Also, medical equipment and pharmaceutical manufacturers have a vested interest in safeguarding intellectual property in order to maintain competitive advantages.

Data security is a major worry for healthcare and life sciences market participants, but for these and all other industries, the buck doesn’t stop there.

For those companies that have already transitioned to the cloud, The Unisys Cloud Barometer™ assesses satisfaction levels across three critical areas. The tool assigns point values to organizational expectations and gauges whether a cloud transformation has had a positive net impact on the company or has been mostly underwhelming.

From a business standpoint, the platform asks stakeholders if their goals of increased revenue or reduced costs have been realized, and to what degree. From the competitive angle, the barometer measures whether the cloud has given an organization the needed agility to match demand and maintain a competitive advantage. And finally, technology execs can offer opinions on objectives of enhanced security and productivity. In essence, have results exceeded, mostly met, somewhat met or fallen well below expectations set by the enterprise?