IDC Health Insights recently published IDC MaturityScape: Cloud in Healthcare 2.0. This report identifies the stages, critical measures, and actions that are required for healthcare organizations (payers as well as providers) to understand the impact that cloud deployments can have on their business outcomes so that they can take the necessary actions to move forward in with their cloud road map.
IDC MaturityScape: Cloud in Healthcare 2.0 presents a maturity model for healthcare provider and payer organizations that are beginning to invest in cloud, have projects in progress, or have significant portions of their IT infrastructure in the cloud. It addresses all types of cloud deployments (private, public, and hybrid) across all resources (software, infrastructure, and platform).
Using this maturity model, healthcare organizations will be able to do the following:
- Gauge the maturity of their own cloud deployments and strategy, and then use that baseline to plan for future improvements.
- Use this document as a basis for discussing and agreeing on a future state, and develop a road map to reach it.
- Use the IDC MaturityScape for cloud in healthcare to improve cloud vendor management.
- Identify risks and low-maturity areas within the business related to cloud transition to mitigate them before they evolve into barriers.
The adoption of cloud varies between private versus public cloud options with private clouds being the preferred approach for most countries. In Europe and the United States, healthcare organizations have gone from initial trials and pilots into enterprisewide adoption in specific areas like security, administration, and infrastructure management services. The use of cloud computing as an increasingly business-critical technology is quickly changing how healthcare organizations and payers evaluate, procure, and deploy IT assets. IT departments will operate in an environment that has a centralized operating model where they focus on service delivery and more predictable expenditures. Individual departments will gain ready access to centralized IT resources at defined service levels and cost.
Healthcare organizations that embrace digitalization and progress along the maturity curve, as outlined by this IDC MaturityScape, will become hubs of service excellence and innovation with a sound cloud-based infrastructure.