By this point, most healthcare organizations know at least certain aspects of their business will move to the cloud, if they haven’t already. At the same time, there are likely some aspects of your technology that you’d like to keep in house. Hybrid IT solutions, then, are a great way to get the most efficient IT possible, while still addressing all the industry-specific issues healthcare IT must deal with. But these sorts of digital transformations are easier said than done.
IBM Power Systems is a great place to start when looking at transforming your digital solutions. In this blog, we’ll look at three major questions most healthcare organizations have, and how KeyInfo and IBM Power Systems can help.
Can it provide the uptime we need?
Here is likely where you’re expecting to hear something along the lines of, “For healthcare organizations, if your systems go down, patients can die.” While this is true in the extreme, it’s a very unlikely scenario. Uptime is still consideration one, it’s just for slightly less dramatic reasons.
For example, when the network goes down, it’s hard for physicians to practice medicine properly. During my time as CIO at a large hospital, I used to get called into the ER because the computers were running behind, and that ripples into families in the ER waiting to be admitted, and other procedural problems.
Physicians need access to critical data at critical times, full stop. Clinicians expect the systems to be online and to perform at all times. This means always-on availability is absolutely critical to keeping a hospital running. And when it comes to this, IBM Power is one is one of the only solutions that can deliver.
If you look at a purely architectural perspective or hardware perspective, there’s no other system in healthcare that can give you the five 9s of availability.
Can it meet strict performance metrics?
Going hand-in-hand with availability is performance. Now, virtually everything is online, so healthcare applications need the capacity to seamlessly handle hundreds of concurrent users, or more, accessing your databases. There are millions of datasets being accessed, altered, and added to, and your infrastructure has to be able to handle it all — from Day 1. There is no ramp-up period, and no time to reinvent if something doesn’t quite work.
Likewise, performance is where the IBM Power platform, including the latest POWER9 offering, excels. It not only offers unparalleled performance, but the ability to build a hybrid environment on-prem. This gives you the most flexible options for where to put your data and workloads, giving you the best performance for any price point. And since margins in healthcare tend to be small, tech implementations need to be done right and the best price-performance level.
Can it provide industry expertise and specialization?
We don’t need to tell you that healthcare has some pretty specific requirements. From regulations, to complex data and images, any healthcare system has data requirements that are more complex than your average company.
Perhaps the transformational regulation has been the move to electronic medical records (EMR). As records have moved from paper to electronic, every hospital and healthcare office needs an environment where their EMR solution can work flawlessly. IBM Power is a great option for EMR — especially leaders like Epiq — and even have some unique features like specialized SMP protocol that provides the highest performance when accessing those relational databases of patient data.
Of course, blazing fast, reliable access to data isn’t just for EMR anymore. Machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) are transforming the health and wellness industry. This performance/availability combo is crucial for efficiently mining these datasets to uncover trends and insights.
As you move forward with your hybrid projects, hopefully this blog helps put to rest some of your questions and concerns. For more information about how to get started with your hybrid cloud project, contact us.
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