• Higher Performance and Availability – In order to help healthcare providers deliver faster and better service, they need solutions with the fastest possible response times so they can spend less time waiting for data to be retrieved. It is also important that these solutions have the highest availability — including the lowest risk of failure and lowest risk of performance degradation – especially when it comes to sensitive health data.
• Greater Scale and Security – With increasing data resulting from healthcare IoT, including mobile devices and wearables, organizations need solutions that can quickly and easily scale to meet this increased volume. In addition to the challenge of expanding capacity requirements and the need for increased performance, they also need efficient, reliable encryption of all data sets to meet regulatory requirements without huge capital expenditures.
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• Increased Integration, Simplicity and Flexibility – Since healthcare organizations generally have multiple different applications and solutions in place from various vendors, it’s important to have solutions that easily integrate with their existing and evolving infrastructure. Simplicity is also key, as it can help drive maximum staff productivity. Lastly, since healthcare data is constantly growing, solutions that allow for flexible expansion in a cost-effective way can help organizations achieve long-term stability and expand into the future.
To successfully adapt to future advancements, healthcare organizations must ensure their data storage innovations meet these critical requirements. However, this does not mean organizations should compromise on their overall mission of delivering the best possible clinician experiences and patient care. They must choose smarter ways to think about storing and managing healthcare data at scale —overcoming challenges not only for today, but well into the future.
When it comes to healthcare, data initiatives cannot afford to wait. In an industry where the time gap between diagnosis and treatment is critical, the consequences could literally be the difference between life or death.
About the author: Chip Elmblad is senior director of healthcare solutions at Infinidat. He is a multi-decade veteran of the IT industry, having focused on enterprise data storage for most of his career. Chip has a M.S. in Computer Science from Azusa Pacific University in Southern California and makes his home above the clouds in Divide, Colorado.
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