A recent study in the Journal of Informatics in Health and Biomedicine revealed that when the electronic health records (EHR) system goes down in a hospital, it can increase the length of surgeries and the patient’s resulting postoperative length of stay. It cannot be stressed enough how vital system uptime and availability is in the healthcare industry. Downtime, or even low performance, can directly impact medical teams’ ability to deliver patient care. Here are three points healthcare organization IT teams should consider when deciding on a mission critical storage and computing infrastructure that can reliably serve a wide user base without enduring strain.
There is a strong chance that an organization is using an Epic EHR system, which makes fine sense as they are recognized as a best-of-breed solution. Interoperability isn’t something for which healthcare is well known, so architects need to make sure that whatever system they are selecting to support their Epic, or other EHR system deployment, integrates seamlessly so that performance remains optimal. When solutions aren’t designed to work together, performance suffers and the patient care teams will be the ones left dealing with the consequences.
IBM Power Systems were designed with the computing needs of healthcare in mind. As a result, EHR systems like Epic run flawlessly with IBM, ensuring that five-nines reliability is met and care delivery is not impacted.
The amount of data globally is growing at an exponential rate. IDC predicted that the world’s data will reach 175 zettabytes by 2025 and 49% of that will be stored in the public cloud. The elasticity and scalability of the cloud makes it not just a cost savings, but a business need. MRI and 3-D medical images are massive in size, which causes latency when uploading or retrieving files of this kind. Regardless of this fact, medical teams need access to those files instantly. A centralized cloud data store is ideal for these types of large data files, making accessibility instant. Aware of this, organizations are entrusting more of their critical data to the cloud, but it is a process. No one is going to go all-in immediately.
Most organizations are exploring a hybrid cloud approach and making the migration gradually. In hybrid environments, performance needs to remain as capable when extending into the cloud as it does on-premises. When selecting what to put under the hood, system architects need to keep the ability to support hybrid environments top of mind.
Agility = innovation
Architecting for the present cannot be done at the expense of the future. A successful deployment will remain agile and therefore able to adapt to changes. This agility creates options for an organization and that helps greatly when it comes to future proofing a production environment. This is another area where IBM Power Systems thrives by giving IT teams the ability to maintain a high-performant on-premises environment as well as virtualize private clouds and connect to public platforms. With this, they can explore and determine which configuration of storage and compute best suits the organization, today, as well as what will be best in the future. Not only that, but the ability to adapt, should the future change, as it can often do.
Power Systems was designed to accommodate big data workloads with ease, as is often required in healthcare. It’s not enough to get a server. That server must have the horsepower to accomplish its mission critical tasks without breaking a sweat. In addition to that, it must be able to meet the needs of innovation and progress with the agility to integrate with a myriad of platforms from EHR to finance to hybrid cloud. Keep these three points in mind when determining what you want powering production and you’ll be on your way to creating and future proofing a high performance computing environment able to meet the toughest workload demands.
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