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Top 5 Reasons to Revisit Healthcare Analytics Today

Posted on: June 16th, 2016 by Daniella Lundsberg

With so much talk about Big Data today, it’s easy to forget that it continues to be a disruptive, revolutionizing force in healthcare. Technologists keep finding new ways to extract data from unlikely sources – videos, sensors, images, text documents – which data scientists then use to create more sophisticated models and discover new insights.

Smart healthcare groups today are leveraging these advances to solve key challenges throughout the organization:

 

  • Optimizing Patient Outcomes

 

    • Big Data is having a huge impact on clinical research as a whole, allowing investigators to mine patient data from around the globe as they look for cures to cancer, diseases, viruses and more. However, individual providers can also use analytics to study the factors involved in hospital-acquired conditions within their own population. This will help reduce the number of post-op infections, determine which device types (catheters, stents, implants) are more successful, find ways to limit the spread of infectious disease and more.
  • Implementing Workflow Improvements

 

    • Today’s healthcare providers are going beyond scheduling data to find ways to increase staff productivity, limit costs and reduce patient wait times. They’re analyzing every piece of data across the organization – information from the mobile devices physicians carry as they move from patient to patient, the sensors embedded in monitoring devices, dispensary applications, lab equipment, even surveillance footage – to see where improvements can be made.
  • Optimizing Cost and Reimbursement Models

 

    • In 2013 alone, hospitals were underpaid for medical services by $51 billion. Clearly, healthcare providers need to break down the barriers between siloed data stores in order to analyze all the factors that impact care – including revisits and testing protocols – to determine true cost of service. Being able to map that information to payer reimbursements rules will help organizations find a way to reduce growing financial deficits.
  • Pioneering Preventative Medicine

 

    • From wearables for tracking daily wellness habits to genetic testing for understanding predisposal to specific conditions, smart providers are using a wealth of individual and public data to create personalized medical plans to keep their patients healthier over the long run.
  • Boosting Patient and Community Engagement 

 

  • Extending care delivery throughout the community means offering services and facilities tailored to an area’s unique requirements. Whether an organization is looking to grow through acquisition or expansion, planning teams need deep knowledge on population, health factors, care preferences and more. Mining patient information alongside public health and social media data will allow healthcare organizations to keep pace with evolving patient and community trends.

It takes a powerful yet flexible data storage and analytics architecture to continuously capitalize on the advances occurring in Big Data today. At American Digital, we start by optimizing structured data sets and increasing efficiency with next-gen storage technology such as HPE 3PAR. To help companies dig deeper and speed results, our analysts and data scientists rely on HPE’s purpose-built analytics platform equipped with natural language processing and machine learning to draw real-time insights from all available information sources – internal and external, structured and unstructured.

Becoming data driven is one of the best strategies for ensuring relevance in today’s evolving healthcare space. Let us know, in the space below, how you’re using Big Data to drive change within your organization

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.

 

Why VDIs Should Be At The Top Of Your Project List

Posted on: May 9th, 2016 by Daniella Lundsberg

Clinics, hospital groups and healthcare practices of all sizes are looking for new ways to improve care, enhance productivity and cut costs. From a technical perspective, virtual desktop infrastructures (VDIs) provide a fast track to achieving all these goals, especially when utilizing software-defined storage (SDS) technology that allows you to build simplified, agile, cost-effective and highly available applications for fluctuating VDI workloads. VDI enables healthcare providers to have more freedom to navigate healthcare applications regardless of their location for increased productivity and work flow.

VDI deployments, if configured in traditional siloed datacenters, can present performance issues and unpredictable user experiences, as well as high operational and capital costs. In today’s mobile and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) workforce, IT departments face additional challenges in meeting high-demand storage and compute complexities.

Simply put, when architected and implemented properly, VDIs can yield security, manageability and productivity benefits. Unlike traditional desktop deployments, the OS is virtualized and hosted remotely within the data center. This separates the physical computing device from the software­ and ensures that nothing is stored locally. The benefit? Quick, secure and instant access to critical applications and services.

Using Mobility and BYOD to Improve Patient Care

VDIs changes the mobile access landscape for healthcare providers.. It lets providers securely and quickly access to patient information – medical records, provider notes, test results, etc. – in real-time via tablets, smartphones, laptops and/or remote desktops. That means doctors can go from patient to patient without stopping to see if x-rays are ready or if the cardiology consult was completed. Every patient interaction is tracked and instantly accessible to every member of the care team – even those outside of the office. Hospitals and clinics can even integrate sensor and telemedicine data to complete the picture of a patient’s health.

Clearly, this is far more productive for the staff and minimizes patient wait time. Better, it ensures that all clinicians have the information they need to make smarter decisions at every turn, which then improves care and ultimately patient outcomes.

Boosting Data Security

Healthcare organizations are increasingly being targeted by cyber criminals looking to steal private patient information and deploy ransoming attacks. When no information is stored locally, VDIs eliminate one set of endpoint vulnerabilities altogether. At the same time, virtualization allows IT to set global security policies and ensure that updates are immediately deployed across all user devices for secure access to patient-regulated information.

Reducing Administrative Costs

VDI in your healthcare organization can deliver significant cost savings. Thin clients and tablets are typically less expensive than fully configured desktop computers. More importantly, VDIs eliminate much of the work spent maintaining user-based systems. Updates are done centrally and delivered automatically. New users are added centrally, so there’s no need to custom configure a device every time you add a new user or upgrade their technology. Additionally, your IT staff has more time to concentrate on value-added tasks.

Taking the First Step

If you are considering a VDI implementation or if you’re looking at ways to update a traditional IT infrastructure, it’s important to start with a highly scalable platform. American Digital partners with Hewlett Packard Enterprise to deliver Storage and Converged Data Center solutions to deliver simplicity in VDI management, security, reliability and performance. By building an architecture with these solutions at the start, you will be able to optimize workload performance and manage escalating storage requirements as your needs grow.

American Digital can help you implement a VDI strategy that strengthens your data security and supports better outcomes. Contact us to learn more.

 

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.

Backup with Brains: Intelligent Data Protection

Posted on: November 11th, 2015 by Daniella Lundsberg

 

It’s time for backup to get smarter. In today’s fast moving economy, companies are faced with exponential data growth and the monumental task of storing increasing amounts of data and resource-intensive files. Along with capturing data, enterprises must also address security measures for safeguarding sensitive and confidential information. Traditional backup is not enough.

Want greater insights from your data?

Smarter backup with real-time analytics provides deeper visibility into your current events, plus gives a comprehensive view of future events and needs, which allows decision makers to make more definitive strategy decisions. “We’ve been talking about better backup for years or even decades,” says Dave Russell, Research VP at Gartner when discussing the latest trends in backup and recovery. “Analytics, deployed now, can help us solve tomorrow’s backup and recovery issues before they come up to bite us.”

Backup with Brains: Intelligent Data Protection

It’s time to expect more from backup and recovery. With HPE Data Protector, you get a unified platform that leverages real-time analytics and automation to deliver intelligent and converged data protection. Unlike any other software on the market, HPE Data Protector goes beyond traditional backup and offers an adaptive approach to data protection to deliver real business value.

HPE Data Protector provides a seamless integration of analytics into the backup and recovery process to improve your process for protecting data and allows for faster processing of backups. Get smarter data protection with HPE Data Protector.

What does smarter data protection look like?

  • Prioritization: identify and prioritize backup jobs for critical workloads
  • Prediction: anticipate issues and proactively address them before they occur
  • Recommendations: dramatically improve utilization of backup infrastructure
  • Automation: improve disaster recovery and recovery time with increase automation

Building an intelligent data protection system

Let us develop an intelligent data protection system with better efficiency, real-time analytics, and increased security. As HPE’s largest Platinum Partner in the Midwest, we can help you select the right HPE Backup, Recovery and Archive Solution for your business. You’ll get peace-of-mind knowing your data is protected around the clock. Get more than just backup, get backup with brains.

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