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August 03, 2011
Virtual PBX: Healthcare Industry to Spend $518 Million on Infrastructure as a Service in 2015
By Anil Sharma, TMCnet Contributor

The healthcare industry is expected to spend $518 million on infrastructure as a service (IaaS ) in 2015, In-Stat (News - Alert) forecasted in its new research. According to the company, overall telecom spending by the healthcare and social services vertical was just under $16 billion in 2010.

The In-Stat research titled, “Healthcare and Social Services Spending on Telecom Services: Wireline Voice, Wireline Data, Wireless, Cloud Computing, and VoIP by Size of Business”, offers predictions of U.S. business telecom and virtual PBX spending for the 2010-2015 period, categorized by product, size of business, corporate liable spending, and individual liable spending.

The research revealed that at this time wireless is the largest of the product categories, comprising about 40 percent of telecom spending.  However, cloud computing and managed services are the fasting growing component, and wireline data and wireline voice comprise the remainder of the telecom spending.“The healthcare vertical segment, across all sizes of business, and across nearly all product groups, is fast becoming the most robust business vertical segment in U.S. business markets,” said Greg Potter, an In-Stat analyst, in a statement.

“Demand for cloud computing services in particular has exploded and we see nothing that would indicate that the trend won’t continue at least through 2015,” Potter added.

Small businesses with 20 to 99 employees will be the fastest growing size segment in healthcare, growing over 35 percent from 2010 to 2015, the research stated.

Additionally, the research noted that enterprise wireless spending in healthcare is likely to increase roughly 12 percent from 2010 to 2011, and healthcare public cloud computing spending will surpass $1 billion in 2013.

Anil Sharma is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jamie Epstein

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