Cloud computing seems to have clear priorities for healthcare. A survey by Gatepoint Research, available from Health IT Security, sets out the views of 100 ICT senior decision takers in US healthcare. Supported by Level 3 Communications, Strategies for Next-Gen Healthcare Networks provides Africa’s eHealth leaders with a comparator for their cloud and network investment decisions. The survey shows:
- Cloud investment priorities are:
- Business productivity 54%
- Business continuity and disaster recovery 41%
- Telemedicine 25%
- Big Data and analytics 25%
- EHRs 22%
- Data storage 19%
- Healthcare network priorities are:
- Reliability 76%
- Security 63%
- Support 47%
- Drivers for network investment are:
- Security 91%
- Manage application growth 8s%
- Business productivity 81%
- Future requirements 815
- Storage 58%.
Like all eHealth, networks become obsolete. Half the ICT executives said their networks are due for upgrading in the next two years. About 21% said it was needed between one and two years’ time. Some 29% said it was needed within the next year. Taken together, none saw their networks’ current services being appropriate beyond two years.
This may indicate how important investment priority is for Africa’s eHealth leaders to find a slot in their short term eHealth investment plans. As networks are expanded to fill the gaps, short term upgrading’s needed too.