Report: Healthcare industry leads in cloud adoption

The healthcare industry is the furthest along in cloud adoption, compared to the financial services industry and the energy and utilities industry, according to a West Monroe Partners report.

For the report, West Monroe Partners surveyed 300 business and technology leaders from the three industries to identify their respective organizations' maturity in digital adoption, including cloud computing, data strategy and customer engagement.

Thirty-five percent of healthcare organizations housed more than 50 percent of their data or infrastructure in the cloud. By comparison, 31 percent of energy and utilities organizations and 18 percent of financial services organizations housed at least half of their data or infrastructure in the cloud.

Healthcare respondents indicated the cloud provided a way to reduce risk of a data breach, while also lowering costs.

"In an industry that has tended to lag in technology adoption, the next step is to leverage the cloud for interoperability and care coordination," the report reads. "In other words, use the cloud to facilitate secure and efficient communication among patients, doctors, hospitals and payers."

To access West Monroe Partners' report, click here.

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