VMware: Critical care for healthcare IT

When the mandate for electronic health records (EHRs) came down a few years ago, the healthcare IT industry did what most of us do when we have to swallow bitter medicine – they moved as fast as possible to get it over with. Today, medical professionals rely on fully digitized systems to treat patients, and healthcare IT teams are ready to move onto their next challenge: turning technology improvements into healthcare improvements.

Doctors, physician assistants, nurses and other caregivers in the field now expect they can access patient data on demand. With this as the baseline for healthy IT, teams in the industry need to make sure that their data and their systems – both cutting-edge and legacy – are accessible anytime and from anywhere. What’s the best way for healthcare IT to meet this prescription? With a software-defined strategy.

Knowing this, KeyInfo partner VMware has bundled its solutions in a portfolio specifically tailored to the needs of the healthcare industry. VMware vCloud meets Gartner’s definition of a real-time healthcare system: it’s aware, mobile, collaborative and demanding. VMware’s goal is to virtualize everything the infrastructure healthcare IT teams need and deliver it as a service, freeing organizations to focus on providing their caregivers with intelligent, automated, mobile and secure systems.

Meeting the challenges of tomorrow’s care-delivery model

The challenges facing hospitals, physician groups and other healthcare facilities are enormous. Declining reimbursement rates mean that healthcare IT organizations are more taxed than ever. And yet, evolving policies and regulations mean those teams must stretch their budgets and resources further. At the same time, mobility has become a critical-care imperative, and IT must find ways to enable new and legacy architecture to play nicely together.

While these are real challenges, advances such as those represented by VMware’s vCloud portfolio of solutions signal a healthy future for IT innovation in the industry. For example, the market is increasingly accepting of hybrid cloud computing, and we expect to see that confidence expand. Healthcare IT teams have easy access to knowledgeable partners who can help them virtualize critical applications, databases and environments. And finally, the expansion of virtualization across compute, storage and networking opens the door to even more intelligent and secure platforms for data and applications than healthcare has already achieved.

Healthcare IT teams are looking beyond their EHR achievements to what comes next. As they consider their infrastructure readiness, software-defined approaches will provide the foundation organizations need to meet the demands for industry transformation and superior patient care.

Contact us to learn more about VMware for healthcare IT.

Christopher Ticknor
Key Information Systems