In recent years, healthcare organizations have dramatically accelerated cloud adoption. According to research conducted by VMware, 89 percent of healthcare IT (HIT) leaders are currently migrating “all suitable applications from data center to cloud.”1 Global healthcare cloud decision makers cite improvements to security, disaster recovery and business continuity as top reasons for adopting public cloud.2

In its Trends in Organizations’ Hybrid and Multi-cloud Strategies report, ESG noted that 70 percent of businesses admit that their organizations have had one or more cloud projects “fail or be delayed due to a lack of skills.”3 What’s more, 50 percent of HIT leaders think they lack the IT skills on their team to increase their cloud investments.4

To bridge the skills gap, healthcare providers need to ensure teams are well-versed and supported in multi-cloud technologies and best practices. While formal cloud certifications remain important, organizations should also invest time and resources into formalizing training programs that develop critical cloud skills such as architecture, AI/ML, DevOps, automation, analytics, and other specialized topics like healthcare-specific regulatory requirements. Organizations should focus on training their existing staff and remain committed to continuous learning and development.

50% of healthcare IT leaders think they lack the IT skills on their team to increase their cloud investments4

Of course, training alone isn’t enough. Healthcare providers need to be sure they have the right technologies, tools and processes in place to accelerate innovation and ensure the safety and security of their data. This means having a comprehensive cloud strategy that takes into account app modernization, hybrid and multi-cloud interoperability, multi-cloud operations, compliance, governance, risk management, and future-proofing; as well as investing in vendors and technologies that facilitate simplicity and interoperability between on-premises and hybrid/multi-cloud infrastructures without the need for extra staff. This second part looks something like this:

Implementing and operating full-stack, extensible software-defined services across on-premises and public cloud environments. This can be done for all compute, storage, networking, security and cloud management right from your data center.

Deploying a cloud operating model in your data center. Extend the same operating model to all of your public clouds for operational consistency.

Centralizing monitoring and integrating automation and observability capabilities across your multi-cloud estate to simplify deployment and lifecycle management, and identify and remediate issues in the shortest time possible.

In addition, ensure that all IT leaders across the organization are nurturing a culture of innovation, change and partnership within the business. With ransomware an ever-present threat to healthcare organizations, you also need an efficient networking and security architecture with lateral security controls that can detect anomalous behavior and contain and evict threats.

VMware solutions help healthcare providers do more with the resources you have today:

Fast, effective, low-risk migrations: Move VMware vSphere®-based applications to the public cloud without refactoring or reconfiguring.

Turnkey cloud infrastructure service: Leapfrog to a multi-cloud infrastructure and operating model built to meet the stringent requirements of healthcare applications and systems.

Use existing tools and infrastructure: Empower and up-skill existing staff using the same tools and technologies they know today.

Operate one or more public clouds consistently: Stay on VMware-consistent infrastructure regardless of cloud and manage existing applications, modern apps and native cloud services using one console.

Multi-cloud innovation in healthcare is within every provider’s reach. Read our newest eBook for more insights on how to leverage existing VMware infrastructure to extend to public cloud affordably and securely.

1VMware. “FY24 Enterprise Operational Excellence Study.” N=120 Healthcare technology decision-makers (Q16). 2023.

2Forrester. “The State Of Cloud In Healthcare, 2023.” May 2023.

3Enterprise Strategy Group. “Trends in Organizations’ Hybrid and Multi-cloud Strategies.” December 2022.

4VMware. “FY24 Enterprise Operational Excellence Study.” N=120 healthcare technology decision makers (Q16). 2023.

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