Gartner Releases 2019 Market Guide for Cloud Service Providers to Healthcare Delivery Organizations

Gartner has published its 2019 Market Guide for Cloud Service Providers to Healthcare Delivery Organizations (HDOs). The report contains an analysis of the healthcare cloud market and explains how the cloud can be a viable option for healthcare organizations seeking greater efficiency and flexibility than is achievable with traditional on-premises infrastructure.

Many healthcare organizations are now realizing the value of cloud-based solutions and how intelligent use of the cloud can help improve efficiency, eliminate waste, and drive down the cost of healthcare delivery. The industry may lag behind other sectors in terms of cloud adoption, but the landscape is changing fast as the healthcare cloud market matures.

Healthcare CIOs are now viewing the cloud as an extension of their internal infrastructure. While initially there was a great deal of skepticism about the cloud due to the security risks and potential for costs to spiral out of control, there is now widespread acceptance that the cloud can serve as an IT service delivery model and the healthcare industry is now much more accepting of the cloud. There are tangible benefits to be gained from adopting cloud-based infrastructure and cloud services, HIPAA regulations can be satisfied, and associated risks can be reduced to a low and acceptable level.

Gartner has responded to the growth in cloud adoption in healthcare by producing a market guide for HDOs. The guide defines and describes the market, analyzes the direction the market is taking, and details the most notable vendors that are helping HDOs transition to the cloud.

Gartner has divided the market into four tiers to help healthcare organizations differentiate cloud companies and their offerings. The top tier naturally includes the large cloud service providers (CSPs) such as Amazon (AWS), Microsoft (Azure), IBM (IBM Cloud) and Google (Google Cloud). The second tier contains smaller CSPs that offer more specialist solutions for the healthcare industry such as Healthcare Blocks and Virtustream.

The third tier consists of vertical market players that offer hosting for electronic health records. In this tier are hosting companies such as Atlantic.Net that provide secure, HIPAA-compliant hosting services for electronic health records to allow EHRs to be accessed from any location in real-time, along with HIPAA-compliant hosting for databases, websites, and cloud-based storage services.

In the final tier are platform-as-a-service providers. These are integrated delivery networks that have developed their own cloud-based products for internal use and are now selling those products to other healthcare systems to use under license. Companies such as UK Cloud Health for example.

This is the second year that the Market Guide for Cloud Service Providers to HDOs has been produced and the second time that Atlantic.Net has been named in the market guide.

“We are honored to be named in this report, which we believe further solidifies our standing within distinguished security and compliance service providers,” said Marty Puranik, CEO of Atlantic.Net. “I attribute this success to our team members and skilled engineers, who strive to deliver technological solutions with a human touch.”

Gartner’s 2019 Market Guide for Cloud Service Providers to Healthcare Delivery Organizations can be downloaded hereSubscription required.

Author: Steve Alder has many years of experience as a journalist, and comes from a background in market research. He is a specialist on legal and regulatory affairs, and has several years of experience writing about HIPAA. Steve holds a B.Sc. from the University of Liverpool.