There are many reasons for healthcare providers to lag here. With all the security and privacy requirements around how patient data is handled, they must be more cautious than the average company. And many providers believe they can handle supporting, storing, and sharing electronic data on premises.
But as budget-conscious healthcare organizations need to support growing volumes of data and address legacy applications while adding new applications, demand for cloud could grow, says Roberta Katz, director of EMC's healthcare and life sciences business.
Electronic healthcare records are the most common application being hosted. More than 30% of survey respondents using public or private clouds are using it for this, followed by storage (28%) and financial apps (25%).