Survey Finds that Cloud Computing is becoming More Prevalent in Healthcare

According to the 2013 Desktop Virtualization Trends in Healthcare report from Imprivita, the third-annual survey about the adoption rates and benefits of desktop virtualization and cloud-based applications in healthcare, cloud computing is becoming more prevalent in healthcare.

The use of Server Hosted Virtual Desktops (SHVD) is up 39 percent and the use of Server Based Computing (SBC) is up 23 percent from last year’s survey.

The study also indicates that a mixed use of both SBC and SHVD is becoming more commonplace, with 49 percent of respondents indicating that they are using both technologies today (compared with 23 percent from the 2012 survey).

In addition to desktop virtualization, the Imprivata survey also asked healthcare organizations about current and planned adoption of cloud computing. The results indicate that the adoption of cloud-based applications and services is increasing more rapidly than expected, with 30 percent of survey respondents stating that they use cloud computing today (up from nine percent from the 2012 survey).


In particular, storing protected health information (PHI) in the cloud is becoming more commonplace, with 40 percent of respondents that use cloud services indicating that they store PHI in the cloud today (up from nine percent from the 2012 survey).

Additional key findings from the 2013 survey include: 

To download the complete 2013 Desktop Virtualization Trends in Healthcare report, click here.


A total of 211 IT decision makers in the U.S. healthcare industry were surveyed to understand their adoption rates and reasons for deploying desktop virtualization, as well as could computing services. Responses were collected from a variety of different types of healthcare organizations as well as a mix of different size organizations, based on number of beds.

Supporting Quotes

Aivars Apsite, technology strategist, Metro Health Hospital (Wyoming, Mich.)

“The results of this survey come as no surprise—We consider desktop virtualization to be a must-have within our hospital because it enables clinicians access the applications and information they need at the point of care, allowing them to remain focused on the patient. Not only does this have significant benefits to improving workflow efficiency and allowing more time for patient care, but it has a considerable economic impact—we estimate that our virtualized desktop environment saves us more than $2.3 million annually.”

Bruce Hall, CIO, Augusta Health (Fishersville, Va.)

“There are considerable advantages to using virtualized desktops, perhaps the most important of which is the ability to give clinicians seamless access to their roaming sessions as they move throughout the hospital. The ability to quickly and securely access their desktop from any endpoint allows them to remain focused on delivering high-quality patient care. Desktop virtualization is and will continue to be an integral component to our long-term IT strategy, which, as the results of Imprivata’s survey reveal, is a sentiment that rings true across the healthcare industry.”

Dick Csaplar, senior research analyst, virtualization and the cloud, Aberdeen Group

“The data shows a growing interest in the use of thin client devices for accessing virtualized desktops. At Aberdeen, we have seen similar trends and long highlighted the use of thin clients to simplify server hosted virtualized desktops, lighten the load on the networks and simplify the management for IT.”

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