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Survey Finds That Private Cloud is ‘Top of Mind’ for Health System Executives

More than half of health system IT executives expect most health care data to be stored in a private cloud network by 2022 as health care organizations look to balance security concerns with the need to expand access to data for a growing variety of uses, according to a new survey by the Center for Connected Medicine (CCM).

The CCM, which is jointly operated by Nokia, GE Healthcare, and UPMC, explored the issue of cloud data storage as part of its “Top of Mind for Top Health Systems 2019” report, which focuses on health IT priorities for 2019. The report is based on surveys of C-suite executives at nearly 40 health systems.


According to the Top of Mind 2019 report, 60% of health system IT executives said the majority of their organization’s health data will be in a private cloud by 2022. While just 10% anticipate storing health data in a public cloud. Large health care systems increasingly are looking to connect hundreds of sites, thousands of devices, and multiple data silos to streamline workflows and deliver secure access to data. A private cloud network is viewed as a key part of the digital strategy for many large health systems.

In addition to publishing the Top of Mind 2019 report, Nokia and the CCM will discuss the results during the Top of Mind 2019 summit, an invite-only event at the CCM in Pittsburgh. Karl Bream, Vice President and Head of IoT Strategy at Nokia, is slated to speak at the summit on a panel, “Driving Towards Innovation.”

Not only are health system leaders making data storage a priority, but the Top of Mind 2019 report also found that health systems are increasing their spending to defend against cyberattacks, expressing optimism about reimbursement for telehealth services, and feeling anxiety about Apple, Amazon and Google entering the health care space.

Key findings in the report, produced in partnership with The Health Management Academy, include:

  • Hackers and other cyber-criminals are stepping up their attacks on the health care industry, leading 87 percent of respondents to say they expect to increase spending on cybersecurity in 2019; no health system was expecting to decrease spending.
  • Health IT leaders overwhelmingly expect government and commercial reimbursement to provide the majority of funding for telehealth services by 2022; internal funding and patient payments are expected to provide the majority of funding for telehealth in 2019.
  • 70 percent of responding executives said they were “somewhat concerned” about big tech companies, such as Apple, Amazon and Google, disrupting the health care market; 10 percent were “very concerned.”

Download the report to learn more about how health systems are approaching cybersecurity, telehealth, and interoperability for 2019 and beyond through exclusive survey research and insights from health system leadership.


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Cindy Bergevin

About Cindy Bergevin

Cindy leads enterprise healthcare marketing at Nokia where she reaches out to healthcare systems around the world to help them with their digital transformations in order to become real-time healthcare systems. Tweet @CindyBergevin

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