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Surviving the Healthcare Data Flood

Posted on: June 1st, 2016 by Daniella Lundsberg

Surviving the Healthcare Data Flood

Healthcare organizations are generating data at a skyrocketing rate. While the volume of healthcare data was estimated at 153 exabytes in 2013, IDC predicts that it will reach an astounding 2314 exabytes by 2020 – a growth rate of 48% annually.

Clearly, all this data presents a challenge for today’s healthcare IT groups from a resource perspective. At the same time, the privacy and security requirements for how healthcare companies must manage this data continues to change.

Storage as a Strategic Asset

When architecting a storage solution, we believe certain requirements are critical to success – scalability, security and transactional speed. Without scalability, companies can’t leverage data as they grow. It must also be done efficiently – too often storage is a bottleneck that slows down every workload that requires the resource.

Virtualization and Consolidation

Eliminating silos and creating a virtualized, enterprise-wide storage solution is the best way to reduce costs and ensure scalability. More importantly, it ensures that you have the power to apply security policies globally to quickly adjust to regulatory changes.

Deduplication

Reduce storage needs by eliminating redundant data from the start. Storage solutions with federated deduplication capabilities, such as HPE 3PAR, ensure that only one unique instance of the data is actually retained on storage media.  This significantly reduces resource requirements for primary, archival and back-up systems.

Flash

Because data plays a central role in the application delivery process, response time is critical to optimizing the performance of those applications. Flash storage provides superior speed over disc-based options, handling hundreds of thousands of I/O operations per second with sub-millisecond latency.  Now that the cost of flash is on par with disc-based systems (less that $2 per usable GB), more healthcare organizations are adding all flash or hybrid arrays into their storage mix to speed processing for critical workloads.

Tiered Storage

Not all healthcare data is created equal – EMR data and lab results for patients currently under clinical review are far more critical to the organization than scheduling and HR information. IT groups can leverage the fact that data has different values to create a tiered approach to storage.  By deploying mission critical information (Tier 1) on the fastest resources and moving the less important data down to slower systems (Tier 2 or 3), companies can cost-engineer their storage investments.

Back-up and Recovery

Taking the time to implement a centralized back-up, recovery and archival (BURA) solution will significantly reduce administrative work, organizational disruption and time to recovery in the long run. Solutions such as HPE StoreOnce can provide a consolidated BURA solution for multiple data centers and locations without downtime.

Data is critical to every aspect of the patient care – without a smooth flow of information across the organization, healthcare providers can’t admit patients, schedule them for tests or optimize their treatment plans. Let American Digital show you how to control the growing flood of healthcare data and turn it into a strategic asset for the entire organization.

 

2016’s Can’t-Miss IT Trends for Optimized Healthcare Delivery

Posted on: May 10th, 2016 by Daniella Lundsberg

While the healthcare industry may spend billions on IT initiatives annually, most hospital groups today are working with limited budgets. Instead, they need to prioritize their efforts to maximize business impact and ROI in both the short and long term. Whether you’re a small clinic or a large hospital group, it’s time to embrace the top IT trends of 2016 – convergence and rightsizing – to create the efficiencies, services and outcomes that will set you apart from the rest.

At a high level, data center convergence is the next step in server virtualization and consolidation – one that removes much of the complexities previously associated with building out datacenters or enterprise infrastructures. It replaces the traditional, highly siloed IT model with one in which compute, storage and networking resources are shared across multiple applications. However, it lets companies use modular, repeatable and scalable building blocks to quickly transform healthcare IT operations for future growth.

At the same time, rightsizing ensures that your converged infrastructure is perfectly balanced to handle current workloads – i.e. it is not over or under provisioned. When implemented, it creates a highly scalable, flexible “add-it-as-you-need- it” infrastructure model capable of supporting healthcare growth and agility in an extremely efficient way.

For healthcare companies, a rightsized, converged infrastructure can support the workloads, applications, devices and security protocols needed to enable key corporate initiatives:

Transform care delivery models and increase clinician productivity by giving them secure, mobile access to EMR, test results and other data on tablets and portable devices as they move from patient to patient

  • Gain the flexibility and scalability needed to store an ever increasing amount of patient data, imaging files, test results, billing records, sensor data, communications and more – for both short and long term needs
  • Become data driven – prevent bottlenecks in urgent care and emergency rooms by analyzing patient flows; improve health outcomes by using patient data and national databanks to determine the best course of action; enrich expansion and specialization planning with geographic and public health data; etc.
  • Enact stronger security policies to ensure compliance with privacy regulations, protect confidential data and mitigate the risk of breach or ransoming attack
  • Speed the deployment of innovative patient services to that will differentiate providers from their competitors
  • Add capacity, cut costs and reduce datacenter footprints as you bring more departments onto a centralized IT infrastructure pre-tested and approved for healthcare workloads such as EMR and imaging system implementations

Transform to differentiate healthcare services

At American Digital, we’ve seen how convergence and rightsizing can help healthcare organizations of all types gain a clear competitive advantage by becoming more efficient, empowering clinicians and improving patient care in bold new ways. Infrastructure building blocks, such as those included in the HPE Converged Architecture, provide a quick and easy way to transform your IT environment, regardless of your budget limitations. Instead of maintaining a large number of disparate hardware and software elements, you can create a more transformative, adaptive infrastructure that facilitates future initiatives. Let the experts at American Digital show you how to get started. Call us today!

 

American Digital Proves Itself as the Right Choice to Support Mt. Sinai’s Epic Migration

Posted on: April 11th, 2016 by Daniella Lundsberg

Hospitals depend on data to make life and death decisions each day. Applications like Electronic Health Records (EHR) and Electronic Medical Records (EMR) are vital to ensuring the continued health and wellness of each patient in care. These applications provide medical staff with the information they need to make accurate treatment and diagnosis decisions. That’s why it’s imperative that these applications are not only available but also running smoothly and efficiently at all times.

Take Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Miami, for example. With a renowned teaching hospital, a state-of-the-art medical center, an active cardiac program, and the largest memory disorder center in the state of Florida, the Center’s applications must always be up-and-running with sufficient backup. As with any hospital, its IT department also demands highly efficient infrastructure solutions including storage and servers along with backup and recovery.

American Digital is a longstanding HP Enterprise (HPE) Platinum partner for healthcare clients like Mt. Sinai, rolling up our sleeves and working with IT directors at hospitals and healthcare groups to ensure they have the technology required to effectively support all of their applications – and, in turn, their patients. Healthcare clients rely on American Digital to ensure continued up time along with the intelligent design, implementation, and maintenance of custom infrastructure solutions.

And when leading healthcare organizations and American Digital work together, remarkable things are possible. As Mt. Sinai’s chosen “go to” HPE infrastructure partner, American Digital provided a truly converged solution to support their critical, large-scale Epic migration. Following the completion of just the first phase, Mt. Sinai is already positioned to realize measurable capital and operational cost savings. Moreover, the progress and performance realized by the new system precisely met expectations without the need for additional IT administrators.

To read more about Mt. Sinai Medical Center’s Epic migration and American Digital’s role, please download the full case study.

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