According to Gartner Research, by 2021, public cloud service providers will process over 35% of a healthcare provider’s IT workloads. A recent survey conducted by HiMSS Analytics indicates that this move to the cloud is well underway. Many healthcare organizations already use cloud apps; those that don’t indicated short term plans to do so. Nearly 47% of organizations from this survey said they plan to use cloud apps for back office use in 2016, up from 22% in 2014. Over 37% plan to use cloud apps for HR and/or financial apps (up from ~17% in 2014), 41% for health information exchange (up from 20% in 2014), and over 46% for business continuity and disaster recovery (compared to 13% in 2014). As healthcare organizations increasingly adopt cloud apps, cloud identity and access management will provide a critical foundation benefiting both IT departments and their users.