Article | June 2, 2017

Digital Transformation: Converged Infrastructure For Healthcare

Source: Connection

By Kurt Hildebrand, Director, Converged Data Center, Connection

Duke & PCORI Use EHRs To Transform Clinical Trials

Convergence in the data center, software defined technologies, and cloud computing have brought new options for data protection, disaster recovery, and business continuity that have never been as widely available or as affordable as they are today. It’s an exciting time, but these changes can lead to a landscape that can be confusing and challenging for businesses. Because backup is seen as a cost and an insurance policy, rather than as a business enabler, many organizations have underinvested in it for many years, which impairs IT managers’ ability to meet availability requirements for data and applications.

Today’s environment, in which 80 percent of businesses experience network faults caused by human error on a regular basis, is not a formula for success. One reason? Healthcare requirements and regulations and mergers, along with explosions in the quantity of data and the needs and wants of caregivers and patients, have increasingly put a strain on current data centers. Plus, it becomes even more challenging when one factors in external threats like phishing, ransomware, distributed denial of service attacks (DDOS), and other breaches. As organizations continue to seek out better ways to provide advanced, meaningful care for patients securely, the need to discover and implement new technology becomes more urgent, but the cost of failure is expensive.

The result of going digital is that businesses cannot tolerate the same levels of planned and unplanned downtime that they could before. Today’s healthcare providers need to modernize their data centers to provide scalability, flexibility, efficiency, and security. The good news? Advancements in health IT infrastructure – particularly data center virtualization -- allow organizations to drastically improve the quality of patient care while controlling costs and gaining improved visibility into enterprise data.