With the recent and ongoing changes to the healthcare landscape, maintaining an on-premises network simply is not the long-term answer for hospitals, clinics and institutions.
By making a plan and moving towards a sustainable IT model, your healthcare system can have the technology needed to help increase patient satisfaction and improve your bottom line.
Several long-term trends are driving healthcare systems to move to a virtualized network.
Lee Kim, Attorney, Director of Privacy and Security, HIMSS North America, says “The good old days of healthcare systems maintaining their own infrastructure in-house are pretty much fading fast. We are finding that technology demands are just too much for what a single IT team at a healthcare system can do, so many hospitals and institutions are moving to a virtualized network.”
Miami Children’s Hospital’s took a step-by-step approach to having a completely virtualized network. Last year, the healthcare system moved their customer service data and all applications for the main hospital and 14 outpatient clinics to a virtualized infrastructure. Currently, the supply chain data, clinical data, and fiscal data resides in an on-premises data center with an off-site backup storage location.
“All healthcare systems should very seriously consider virtualization,” says Dr. Narendra Kini, CEO at Miami Children’s Hospital. “The technology has evolved to the point where benefits outweigh the risk. I think the efficiencies, the cost, and the capabilities have advanced to the point where it’s a very viable alternative. Looking at the decade forward, it would almost make no sense for healthcare organizations to invest in their own hardware environment.”
Moving to a virtualized network may seem daunting. You’re not just buying a new piece of equipment or trying out a new technology. Successfully making the move to a software-defined infrastructure takes a shift in mindset and processes, plus planning.
Consider starting small, perhaps with depreciated components and adding more virtualized components down the road. By starting small, healthcare systems can show some successes to prove value to leadership. Your IT team can also become familiar with virtualized networks on a smaller scale before moving to a tougher use case.
Visit our healthcare solutions page to learn more about digital transformation in the healthcare industry.
To learn more about virtualized networks, download the whitepaper Providing a Higher Level of Patient Care: How Virtualized Networks Can Help Healthcare Organizations Improve Patient Outcomes.
Learn more about virtualized healthcare networks in our recent report, Providing a Higher Level of Patient Care: How Virtualized Networks Can Help Healthcare Organizations Improve Patient Outcomes.
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