Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 11/15/2017 -- The global market for cloud computing in the healthcare industry is slated to amount to US$6.79 bn by 2018, registering a strong double-digit CAGR during the forecast period. The rapid pace of expansion in this market can be attributed to the rising need for healthcare organizations (HCOs) to provide more flexible and faster healthcare services to patients, to manage as well as fully optimize their IT systems, to comply with evolving regulatory norms, and ensure the security of confidential patient information.
The emergence of cloud computing in the healthcare industry is designed to increase cost efficiency and productivity among HCOs and the growing digitalization within the sector has considerably supported the market.
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Cloud services are of three main types: platform-as-a-service (PaaS), infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), and software-as-a-service (SaaS). Owing to the fact that SaaS was introduced to users before the other two services, this segment holds a larger market share.
By way of pricing model, the cloud computing market in the healthcare industry comprises pay-as-you-go model and spot pricing or subscription model. Currently, the spot pricing model accounts for a larger share in the overall market and is also projected to be the more attractive investment option among the two.
Based on end user, the cloud computing market is bifurcated into clinical and non-clinical information systems. Although the market for non-clinical information systems (NCIS) is much larger than clinical information systems (CIS), the latter is projected to register a CAGR higher than the former by 2018.
On the basis of cloud type, the market for cloud computing in the healthcare sector is segmented into private, public, and hybrid. Private clouds presently account for the dominant share owing to the need for secure storage of highly sensitive patient data. Public clouds will, however, expand at a much faster rate than the other two cloud types.
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The global market for cloud computing in the healthcare industry is geographically segmented into North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, and Rest of the World. North America is the regional leader in this market and is slated to account for a massive share of over 72.0% by 2018. The region is also likely to emerge as the most lucrative market by the end of the forecast period.
One of the leading factors fueling this market is the large-scale adoption of electronic medical records, despite tight regulatory constraints. The U.S. healthcare market, on the whole, is characterized by technological innovation and a high level of research and development in the field. The country is also home to several prominent companies operating in the cloud computing market, which further drives its growth.
Europe is also a prominent market for cloud computing in the healthcare industry. The growing need to implement cost-saving processes in the healthcare sector in the region has resulted in the adoption of cloud computing across countries.
The Asia Pacific cloud computing market is powered by developing economies such as China, India, and Japan, where the healthcare sector has been undergoing a technological transformation.
ClearDATA Networks, Agfa Healthcare, Microsoft, IBM Corporation, Oracle Corporation, Merge Healthcare, and CareCloud are some of the leading players currently operating in the global market for cloud computing in the healthcare industry.