A ‘never sleep, always worry’ environment is an accurate descriptor for the position of the healthcare CIO, as well as healthcare organizations at large, given the ever-shifting state of information technology today. Taking into account the rapid trend of cloud adoption, critical considerations for security and compliance and the fact that IT now plays an integral role in driving revenue, there are a multitude of pressing challenges weighing on healthcare organizations and their IT teams—all of which are reflected in the feedback of respondents who participated in the Flexential 2nd national IT trends in healthcare study.

The two-phase study included a survey of 157 IT decision makers at healthcare organizations, as well as in-depth first-person interviews with seven C-level executives and healthcare information technology professionals on their technology usage, planning trends and security and compliance concerns.

Among the developments identified through the survey results were several overarching industry trends and drivers, presented below to precipitate the overall key findings:

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