Healthcare organizations' top three IT trends

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In a survey conducted by Peak 10, healthcare organizations are increasingly relying on cloud technology in the fight against the constant bombardment of data security  hackingreports Channel Partners.

In Peak 10’s  2nd National IT Trends in Healthcare study, 157 C-level executives and IT professionals across the U.S. were surveyed on the trends emerging this year in healthcare technology. Three new trends have emerged in the past year.

“First, there is a clear transition from in-house infrastructure to cloud adoption—with a nearly 50 percent increase in cloud adoption for IaaS, and about a third (33 percent) increase in cloud adoption for SaaS," said Christina Kyriazi, Peak 10’s product marketing and analytics manager. “This is due to a number of reasons, namely, as technology has progressed to provide increased security, health-care organizations have greater confidence in placing their trust in the cloud. Also, health-care IT leaders are starting to see the efficiencies they gain from adopting cloud."

The second emerging trend was the advancing role of IT leaders and CIOs. As the industy shifts to adapt to the digital age CIO now have a “driving seat in the boardroom," said Kyriazi.

“CIOs are now responsible for lower cost and efficiency, quality of care for better outcomes and patient experience," she said. “These responsibilities require a more strategic role in IT leadership, which means more reliance on strategic IT partners."

The third trend addressed data security, with almost all medical data now digital, the need for the protection is one of the biggest challenges for IT. “While decision makers say that their budgets are increasing, resources still remain strained due to pressure to remain in compliance and breach-free," said Kyriazi.

According to 67 percent of health IT leaders, budgets are expected to rise over the next year. Leading to more organizations able to implement technologies like telemedicine portals and relying more on analytics and big data to accommodate the rapidly growing analyst-based workforce.

“Cloud and managed services providers have the opportunity to not only provide infrastructure, but also monitoring and managing security to take away some of the headaches and worries of health-care providers," Kyriazi said. “Keeping health-care infrastructures safe will always be a challenge. The addition of connected devices, electronic health-care record (EHR) providers and more, adds to the challenge that channel partners face on a daily basis. Staying connected, compliant and transparent with health-care providers will ensure a seamless, efficient patient experience."