Revolutionizing Medicine: How Healthcare Companies Win with Hyper convergent Systems
The modern doctor’s office or hospital relies quite a bit on new technologies and advances in data handling. The principle of hyper convergence can take these businesses even further into the future, freeing up resources and making clinical IT more efficient.
Here are some of the major ways that hyper convergence is changing the face of healthcare.
Cost and Complexity
One of the fundamental benefits of hyper convergence is that planners simply have fewer moving parts to manage.
Hyper convergence combines three classically separate parts of an IT architecture, storage, computing, and network, into one universal component. As a result, planners don’t have to purchase additional servers for different computing tasks, or put together a Storage Area Network to hold data in archives.
As a result, there’s less cost and less time and effort expended in putting together and ramping up systems. Healthcare businesses can put these savings toward other IT goals like better information sharing, the breaking down of data silos, and the ability to scale systems as necessary. All of this can have concrete impact on clinical care models as doctors enjoy better digital support.
Interoperability is a huge value to individual clinicians, and hyper convergence can support this. Hyper convergent systems may be inherently easier to connect with APIs or other tools, or, as mentioned above, the cost savings can lead a healthcare company to invest more in software platforms that talk to each other.
Ask a doctor, and you’ll see why this is important. Doctors need to have access to key ranges of data from other providers, as well as efficient tools for things like charting and patient diagnosis. It’s important that software platforms be intuitive and operate well with middleware or a greater architecture. So again, hyper convergent systems can help accomplish that principle.
Security and HIPAA
There is also the key factor of security in healthcare.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act or HIPAA goes back to the 1990s. It’s a dominating influence in modern healthcare, forcing medical businesses to invest heavily in privacy and security infrastructure to keep protected health information safe.
By streamlining storage, computing and network components, companies may be able to achieve better overall data security. In many cases, it can be easier to protect one universal system than to put together piecemeal security for different elements that are loosely strung together. So this is another area where hyper convergence has great importance for a medical business in particular. Companies like BRIGHTTalk provide webinars to show how hyper convergence aids in this and other areas of medical IT.
Supporting High Availability
Many of these universal hyper convergent systems will inherently have high availability built-in. This goes back to the principle that systems can continue to work under pressure, or during the failure of a particular element.
Because the system is centralized and designed with efficiency, hyper converged systems can be better at offering high-availability. Healthcare buyers can look at the redundancy and failover built into systems to understand how they compare to traditional segmented technologies.
Again, this is a benefit that is particularly important in the medical field. In medicine, high availability doesn’t just exist to serve consumer whims. It has to be part of quality IT management.
The data needs to be there, whether it’s for a consultation, a procedure, or some other kind of discovery. Data can’t just be on hand some of the time — it needs to be ever-present through a system that achieves high availability to serve clinicians and other users.
All of this informs a process by which healthcare IT buyers can empower their companies. By getting hyper convergence under the hood, providers are planning for the next wave in medical software breakthroughs, utilizing the best new models available, and “winning” in the clinical world.