Chance of Sunshine
Many bemoan health care’s lagging adoption of cloud computing,
but experts say there’s more going on than might appear at first glance.
By Greg Gillespie
There’s cloud computing, and then there’s health care cloud computing. And while there’s not necessarily a ton of activity for the former, activity is picking up in the latter.
Cloud computing as commonly defined
is when a business gives its data, applica-
tions, storage and computational power to
a cloud computing provider and accesses
those resources via the public Internet.
It’s been a godsend for many organiza-
tions, most notably small enterprises that
can save enormously on infrastructure
costs and have access to highly skilled
I.T. expertise that they couldn’t afford
otherwise. Salesforce.com and Amazon.
com have quickly become giants in the
“public” cloud service sector thanks to
the convenience and low start-up costs for
their services. International Data Corp.,
a technology research firm, estimates in
a recently released report that the cloud
software market reached $22.9 billion in
2011, a 31 percent year-over-year growth
increase. The market is expected to reach
$67.3 billion by 2016 at a compound an-
nual growth rate of 24 percent. IDC also
estimates that small businesses—defined
as those with 100 or fewer employees—