Healthcare sector increasingly using cloud computing

Cloud computing is increasingly being used by healthcare practices as part of a drive to offer increased data security, according to a published report.

The innovative practice also allows for stronger IT operations in the healthcare sector, which itself is among the U.S.’ most rapidly growing sectors, Information Week reports. The storage of data in the cloud has become a key option for safety purposes, one that trumps the opportunity to store data on premises.

“When you make these decisions about an electronic health record, we didn’t want a server that could be stolen. We didn’t want paper. The cloud system was definitely a draw right from the get-go,” office manager Ken Adams with Eppel Family Medicine in Washington State told the news source, noting the outfit purchased the services prior to beginning treatment in 2012. “Even more than the cost and ease of use, we didn’t want it here in the office. We wanted somebody else to protect it from the bad guys.”

In 2011, only 4 percent of healthcare providers used the cloud. But growth is up 20 percent per year, according to one study.

Cloud computing projects to be a $191 billion market by 2020, according to ZDNet.