Mike Nalls

When the healthcare business defines IT

Blog Post created by Mike Nalls Employee on Jul 29, 2014

At HDS, we have a large number of healthcare providers as customers utilizing our enterprise storage solutions in the IT infrastructure of hospitals, medical centers and universities around the world. Their charter and ours come together where downtime can not be tolerated and access to information can not be compromised. It is a classic example where the needs of the business are defining the IT requirements. Saying it's a matter of life and death is cliche although certainly not too far from the truth in their environment.


Most of these environments are architected around a central database for admissions, patient records, compliance and billing that require high availability and performance from the underlying storage platform. Many of them utilize Epic for the software used daily by the hospital, physicians and patients. In the past, HDS has supplied these healthcare providers with enterprise platforms like our VSP G1000. Over the past two years, our Hitachi Unified Storage VM has addressed the same requirements for smaller, regional healthcare organizations who did not need the larger storage system.


The Epic EpicCare EMR solution offers healthcare organizations a powerful way to transform a hospital to be more patient-centric. HUS VM with flash acceleration maximizes this business and clinical value without forcing tradeoffs between higher efficiencies, better economics, and more effective patient care. For hospitals that require enterprise functionality without an enterprise storage budget, the recommended Hitachi Data Systems solution is ideally suited to straddle the gap between midrange and enterprise storage needs. Hitachi Unified Storage VM when combined with Hitachi Accelerated Flash exceeds Epic's most stringent performance targets for its electronic medical records system. This industry confirmation of low latency and high performance will help to protect clinicians and healthcare organizations against the risks associated with data loss, performance gridlocks, and front line patient care.


The healthcare business is defining the requirements for their IT organization who look to HDS for electronic medical record storage that offers superior performance, reliability and innovation. Healthcare business-defined IT is when the business leaders and their IT peers are aligning their efforts to meet the goals of the business and drive the right IT strategy and technology choices. Business-Defined IT relies on a continuous infrastructure so that IT can focus on business outcomes. According to IDC, business is increasing technology spending because of the growing linkage between technology and business results. Technology capabilities influence operational approaches at the same time that operational behaviors drive technology application.