Global Cloud Adoption in Healthcare Rose 34% in 2017, Says Dell Technologies


Emma Okonji in Las Vegas, US

Cloud adoption in healthcare delivery and digital enterprise business transformation is increasing by the day according to recent research report released by Dell Technologies at the just concluded Dell Technologies World 2018 in Las Vegas, US.

According to the enterprise survey report, the adoption of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) in the healthcare sector rose from 23 per cent at the end of 2015 to 34 per cent at the end of 2017, indicating that public cloud is emerging as part of the Information Technology (IT) mix for organisations in the healthcare industry.

Analysing the report, Senior Vice President, Portfolio Management and Strategy at Virtustream, the cloud management arm of Dell Technologies, Mr. Peter Cutts, said: “Many healthcare organisations are searching for IT delivery models that improve system flexibility and agility, while simultaneously seeking cost containment measures.

Consequently, many healthcare organisations have adopted cloud-first strategies for new technology initiatives.”
According to Cutts, Virtustream has responded to this challenge with the Virtustream Healthcare Cloud, which allows healthcare organisations to leverage the efficiencies and scale of the public cloud in a secure and compliant cloud platform that is purpose-built to address their specific needs. Virtustream Healthcare Cloud is fully compliant with both HIPAA and HITECH and delivers rigorous, end-to-end security to protect patient health information, he added.

In his keynote address, the Vice Chairman, Products and Operations at Dell Technologies, Mr. Jeff Clarke, explained how modern technology is changing the global workforce and workspace. He said more people and organisations are looking for new ways to drive their businesses and that Dell Technologies would continue to innovate to provide customers with the best of technology solutions that would enhance their business. According to Clarke, the adoption rate of Virtual Reality (VR) and Artificial Intelligence in business is on the increase and estimated that by 2020, 20 per cent of businesses will adopt VR and AI technologies to further drive their businesses.
He added that 50 per cent of enterprise customers are currently using cloud for digital transformation, especially the hybrid cloud.

“Turning data into business information is the core of our IT infrastructure and we are building our technology to connect more people in the healthcare sector, Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) sector, the groceries, the gaming industry, among others, and we are into partnerships to deliver the best of technology solutions to our customers and channel partners, through our public and private cloud,” Clarke said.

VMware, an arm of Dell Technologies and a leading innovator in enterprise software, outlined its vision for the future of networking, and unveiled the Virtual Cloud Network, which enables organisations to create a digital business fabric for connecting and securing applications, data, and users across the entire network.