Healthcare respondents in an international multi-industry survey have pointed to AI, cybersecurity and sustainability as top drivers of IT infrastructure upgrades/investments

For the 2023 survey, healthcare respondents were showing 13% higher-than-average use of multiple IT models. Health respondents’ adoption of hybrid multi-cloud operating models had increased by 10% compared to those in a 2022 survey — a jump from 6% to 16% — and now on equal footing with the same trend in all other industries surveyed. Also:

    • 17% of respondents in the healthcare sector cited AI, and 17% cited the “flexibility to move workloads back and forth across private and public cloud infrastructure” as the most important factor driving purchasing decisions. Other top factors were “the performance potential of the infrastructure” (14%) and “how well it lends itself to successful data sovereignty and privacy management” (14%).
    • 98% of healthcare respondents (98%) and 95% of respondents across the industries surveyed cited having moved one or more applications in the past 12 months to facilitate the need for “simple and flexible inter-cloud workload and application portability” and also shifting security-related requirements./li>
    • 17% of healthcare respondents ranked implementing AI strategies as the second biggest priority for their organizations’ CIOs, CTOs, and leadership — after “accelerating application development (19%). Also, 84% of healthcare respondents cited plans to increase investments in AI strategy in year after the survey, with 82% having the concurrent sentiment that running AI to was a challenge.
    • 20% of healthcare respondents cited “complying with data storage/usage guidelines and linking data across disparate environments as the top data management challenge. This tied with 20% of healthcare respondents citing “linking data across disparate environments”. Other data security issues, including combating ransomware and ensuring data privacy, were each cited by the next greatest number of respondents (17%).
    • 80% of respondents across industries surveyed cited planning to invest in IT modernization, with 85% planning to increase their investments specifically to support AI. Healthcare respondents were no different, citing plans to focus on future-proofing IT infrastructure to prepare for the needs of tomorrow, including AI and sustainability.”