One way a cloud services provider can differentiate itself is by providing cloud applications and services targeted at a specific vertical market. Although some vertical markets may be larger than others, which dictates the potential revenue opportunities, some verticals are adopting cloud computing in a big way.

A growing vertical in the cloud space is health care. Although security concerns are still top-of-mind for IT healthcare professionals, especially as they pertain to regulatory compliance and keeping data safe from prying eyes, more healthcare organizations and businesses are turning to the cloud to fulfill their application needs.

Jump Technologies, which develops supply chain management solutions using a combination of “smart technology” and the cloud, is taking its technology to the healthcare space. JumpStock is an inventory management solution that the company claims is a simple and easy-to-use cloud technology that it takes to market through integration and OEM partners. Jump has its eye on the healthcare market and just released a version of JumpStock for that vertical.

“JumpStock solves the biggest issues facing the healthcare industry's adoption of a materials management solution—a complicated, long implementation process, non-compliant use and high cost," said John Freund, CEO of Jump Technologies, in a prepared statement. "In addition to being able to implement this solution in under a week for most facilities, JumpStock requires virtually no training, enabling quick adoption.”

According to Freund, nurses typically spend 10 percent of their day on supply-related tasks, but with JumpStock and its key fob barcode scanners (compact enough to fit on the end of a lanyard), Jump is hoping to significantly decrease that amount of time and let nurses focus on what they do best.

Additionally, there are JumpStock iOS and Android apps to give end users a bit of flexibility in how they use the barcode scanning technology. All of those goes through the cloud—presumably a private cloud, considering health care is still a little wary of the public cloud. But of course, this has more to do with item inventory rather than patient data, so perhaps the public cloud makes sense here.

Jump promises the cloud offering can be up and running in less than a week. It was designed to be simple enough to use that minimal training is required so end users can be using it almost immediately upon deployment completion.