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Why European Telcos Are Turning to the Cloud for an eHealth StrategyTelecom Insider published January 2013This Insider analyzes the eHealth market opportunities, focusing in particular on cloud computing, and discusses how telecom operators can monetize the healthcare industry's demand for advanced ICT services. We discuss why it is important for telcos to have a healthcare strategy. We talk about the various types of cloud computing services for healthcare telcos can offer and discuss the potential barriers to adoption that telcos have to address. Finally, we provide examples of other ICT services that can complement the deployment of cloud services for healthcare (or hCloud). The report concludes with three case studies: Orange's Flexible Computing Santé service, ATandT's Medical Imaging and Information Management service and MTS' Mobile Medicine project in Ukraine.
Introduction and Landscape
We believe that the healthcare industry should be of particular interest to telecom providers in Europe due to the size of the market and the prospective migration of the industry's IT infrastructure toward cloud-based solutions. Telcos are very well-positioned to capitalize on the growing demand for healthcare cloud services because they can offer the most comprehensive solutions that will pair cloud services with other ICT products.