Overview of This Study:
This study involved the four major activities in estimating the size of the healthcare cloud computing market. Exhaustive secondary research was done to collect information on the market, peer market, and parent market.
The next step was to validate these findings, assumptions, and sizing with industry experts across value chains through primary research. The bottom-up approach was employed to estimate the overall market size. After that, market breakdown and data triangulation were used to estimate the market size of segments and sub-segments.
Market Size Estimation:
For the calculation of the market value, the revenue from providers was arrived at, based on the adoption rate and average expenditure on software and services in the healthcare cloud computing market. This process involved the following steps:
# Generating a list of the number of providers (hospitals, small group practices, and independent PCPs, etc.) adopting healthcare cloud computing solutions in the given year.
# Understanding the yearly average of expenditure undertaken by the various types of providers for these solutions.
# Totaling the yearly revenue to arrive at the overall market size.
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Expected Revenue Growth:
The market for healthcare cloud computing is expected to grow from USD 28.1 billion in 2020 to USD 64.7 billion by 2025, at a CAGR of 18.1% during the forecast period. Growth in the healthcare cloud computing market can be attributed to factors such as technological upgradation in healthcare industry, increasing focus on healthcare digitization and increasing deployment of cloud-based HCIT solutions by healthcare providers to improve the care process.
COVID-19 Impact on the Healthcare Cloud Computing Market
The COVID-19 outbreak, has upended many lives and businesses on an unprecedented scale. However, if there is one sector that has emerged stronger from this event, it would be the cloud computing industry. While many organizations are finding it difficult to run smoothly, the companies that opted for cloud computing infrastructure are functioning well.
Cloud computing assists in hassle-free data storage and backup because of its scalability, and also enables one to scale back during hectic days. Moreover, the social distancing measures have mandated patients with mild symptoms to opt for remote consultation. With many healthcare providers giving consultation over video conferencing and phone calls, in place of this pandemic, the growth of healthcare cloud computing market is likely to augment considerably over the forecast period.
Drivers: Increasing adoption of big data analytics, wearable devices, and IoT in healthcare
Healthcare providers generate and collect a large amount of data from a vast array of internal sources, such as electronic health records (EHRs), radiology images, pharmacy sales, prescription information, lab tests, and insurance claims data. The volume of this digital data is growing exponentially every year, majorly due to changes in the payer environment, such as incentives for the meaningful use of EHRs and a shift towards value-based payments. The effective management of a large volume of data requires significant computing power and IT bandwidth.
In the on-premise storage of data, healthcare providers are required to invest more in IT infrastructure with an increase in data load. As a result, on-premise storage is not considered as a viable option for the storage of a large volume of healthcare data. Cloud computing, on the other hand, enables all big data operations through the provision of large storage and processing power. Additionally, cloud-based analytical tools help providers better manage patients by transforming health data into actionable insights.
Restrains: Data security and privacy concerns
A major concern related to cloud solutions is that the data hosted by vendors is not as secure as data stored on-premise. Patient information is considered sensitive, and a high degree of privacy needs to be maintained so that this information is accessible to authorized users only. Though the cloud offers various benefits and security measures, the data stored on the cloud is still prone to cyber-attacks. With the increasing volume of patient data and rising initiatives towards digital transformation in healthcare, data security and privacy concerns are increasing rapidly.
Moreover, patients themselves are concerned about the security of their data, which adds to the necessity of maintaining security standards for data protection. Public clouds face similar security issues as traditional IT systems and are thus not preferred. Although private clouds offer more secure access protocols and systems, the healthcare industry is still skeptical about the data security of a private cloud.
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Asia Pacific to emerge as a potential market for healthcare cloud computing solutions
The global healthcare cloud computing market has been categorized on the basis of four major regional segments—North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Rest of the World. Asia Pacific is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. The changing demographics in highly populous countries such as China and India, large volumes of patient data generated as a result of the growing disease burden in the region and various government initiatives focusing on healthcare digitization are driving the growth of the healthcare cloud computing market in the Asia Pacific.
In addition, the current outbreak of COVID-19 in the region has resulted in the increased patient pool, leading to subsequent increase in telehealth and virtual care delivery options. Increasing investments for modernization of the country’s healthcare infrastructure is thus, expected to fuel the growth of the healthcare cloud computing market in the APAC region.
Market Key Players:
IBM (US), athenahealth (US), Siemens Healthineers (Germany), Koninklijke Philips NV (Netherlands), Allscripts Healthcare Solutions (US), Fujifilm Holdings (Japan), GE Healthcare (US), are some of the leading players of the healthcare cloud computing market.