Worldwide life expectancy continues to increase. According to a 2018 study by WorldBank, a French person born in 2016 is likely to live more than 12 years longer than a French person born in 1960. In 2060, there will be an estimated 94.7 million Americans aged 65 and older, which is quite a bit more than the 49.2 million Americans 65 and over in 2016.
As a result or these shifts in population, the need for healthcare data storage will increase 48 percent per year, which will create massive budgetary pressures, according to a 2015 EMC Digital Universe study. In fact, medical data is estimated to double every 73 days by 2020, making the storage of said data a critical component of the healthcare industry at large.
Where is all this date going to reside? In multiple public clouds, of course. Research group Gartner predicts that by 2021, public cloud service providers will process more than 35 percent of healthcare IT workloads.
Maintaining this massive amount of data over time for easy, reliable access by healthcare providers will be key to positive patient outcomes. Less repeated tests and faster access to test results will save both costs and lives.