Cloudy with a Chance of Success: HHS Moves Ahead

Insights posted on 4-26-2017 by Melinda Gales

We live in the cloud. My alarm clock is my cell phone app, which knows that it is a weekday and what time I get up. I’m sure in a few nanoseconds there will be an app pulling my morning meeting data from my calendar and adjusting my morning wake-up buzz so I’ll make the meeting on time.

Cloud-based file systems enhance my work flow, my personal music library is stored by playlist for just the right mood as I drive to work (yes, I’m still doing that), and the weather in Hawaii is available by the hour when I feel like dreaming. From IoT keeping the house temp right to Siri finding us recipes for dinner, our lives are shifting to the cloud without hesitation.

So we were happy to read this article from Healthcare IT News extolling the news that the HHS (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) will continue to “aggressively adopt cloud computing.” Cloud adoption went from 1 percent in 2015 to 18.5 percent in 2016.

That’s aggressive growth in one sense, but how does it compare to where business is today? According to Gartner, Cloud Adoption Strategies Will Influence More Than 50 Percent of ITO Deals Through 2020.

“As enterprise application buyers are moving toward a cloud-first mentality, we estimate that more than 50 percent of new 2017 large-enterprise North American application adoptions will be composed of SaaS or other forms of cloud-based solutions,” said Sid Nag, research director at Gartner. “Midmarket and small enterprises are even further along the adoption curve. By 2019, more than 30 percent of the 100 largest vendors’ new software investments will have shifted from cloud-first to cloud-only.”

We’re glad to see increased momentum for cloud power in healthcare. Nag’s research underscores the growing adoption we’re seeing among healthcare providers, payers and the surrounding healthcare ecosystem for cloud-based platforms like Salesforce to build flexible, connected operations to fuel their success.