Romy Ribitzky is Velocity Technology Solutions’ Marketing Strategy Manager. Prior to joining Velocity, she spent 15+ years covering entrepreneurs and startups before taking the plunge into startup life, serving as Manager, Content Strategy at Bedrock Business Media, in Charlotte, NC.

With 83% of healthcare organizations using cloud-based apps these days, according to Forbes, it’s no wonder that cloud is a hot topic of discussion in the C-suite. And with lower costs, speed of deployment and staffing savings among the benefits often cited, now might be the ideal time for your hospital or healthcare provider to make the move.

 

Cloud Services Measured ValuePaul Cioni, Senior Vice President of Service and Delivery at Velocity Technology Solutions, a global cloud provider and leader in end-to-end managed application services, says these are the top questions, and concerns, he sees as more healthcare organizations adopt cloud technology:

1. The cloud will see you now: “Today, especially in healthcare, patient care and safety are top of mind, which is why you see many facilities on the internal hosting model. However, as mergers, acquisitions or divestitures happen, we’re starting to see hospital executives go all in on the cloud. Additionally, those who may not be experiencing milestones like the ones mentioned above, are speaking to their colleagues and hearing that when it comes to data retention strategy, a secure cloud backup is the way the industry is shifting. And the CIO is realizing the s/he cannot do it alone.” 

2. A sign of the times: “I see this as an evolution that the entire C-suite is embracing, especially when it comes to the private cloud within healthcare More and more healthcare CIOs are saying, 'I can do more in the cloud.' We've gotten to the tipping point where if the CFO, CEO or CIO are discussing strategy and asking 'Are we embracing the cloud?' Any answer other than ‘yes’ is seen as lagging.” 

3. The new standard of care? “The cloud is not yet the new standard, however, it is entertained in almost every discussion. These days, instead of asking, 'Why consider a cloud option?' the question has become 'Why not consider a cloud option?' And while it may not be the right solution for everyone, cloud is making the short list.”

4. Overcoming objections: “The most often cited objection is security. And that’s because CIOs are worried about the cloud’s vulnerability to outside threats. That said, a survey on cybersecurity conducted in 2014 clearly found that CIOs are more concerned about internal threats than those posed by those on the outside.

Additionally, there is a concern about a perceived loss of control. When I go the the cloud, that server does not live in my data center anymore, so I cannot control it. While that worry is a valid one, consider the gain: by ceding control to a team of experts whose sole job is architecting a holistic solution, maintaining it, monitoring it and optimizing it, who do you think is most qualified to care for your data center?”

5. A permanent fixture: “CIOs and all technologists realize that cloud computing is not only here to stay, but also that public and private clouds have to be in their solution consideration.The rate of adoption, the ease of use, the expertise that is captured is too valuable not to harness for your organization.”