Infrastructure is the foundation stone of any health IT setup. From electronic health records to telemedicine to cybersecurity to analytics, everything depends on a rock solid, reliable network to function properly and efficiently to help caregivers and administrators perform their tasks and deliver quality care. So, what should healthcare CIOs and other healthcare executives and health IT workers do for implementing the various tools and technologies that make up the foundation of IT operations? Here are some of the best practices:
Getting all stakeholders onboard
It’s not always enough to get a sign-off from the CEO or CFO to make your project successful. Have you conducted extensive surveys of end-user departments and stakeholders to ensure that they are fully invested in your project’s benefits? If it is a cross-departmental or company-wide initiative, the benefits and timelines of the project will be fully communicated to all who use it. Successful IT project requires more than just successful technology, clear and frequent communications and all stakeholders buy-in.
Moving to the cloud is also a best practice for implementing infrastructure today. A cloud computing approach to service delivery has manybenefits to provide to healthcare organizations. They need to be confident, however, that the promised benefits of increased operational efficiencies and productivity can be achieved without compromising the core requirements and institutional goals of the organization.
Cloud services provide convenient on-demand access to a common pool of computing resources that can be configured: networks, servers, security, storage, applications and services. In addition, users can access previously unavailable virtualized, productivity-enhancing services. Clouds allow local communities to share resources across multiple regions and innovate in ways that would not be possible if they were forced to rely entirely on their own resources.
There are many ways healthcare organizations can benefit from the cloud, including pay-as-you-grow economics and fractional consumption; resource-on-demand platform and infrastructure for agility and low overhead operations; and ongoing platform enhancements. Healthcare organizations should also bear in mind that the balance between ownership and renting will also change as workloads change, affecting overall costs.
But public clouds do not always adhere to strict regulations on data governance and healthcare or provide quick access to data when needed, which can only be provided by an on-site solution. Tailored SLAs are also limited in a public cloud for mission-critical applications and flexibility in platform selection. An effective cloud solution should provide frictionless agility, simplicity of management, and fractional consumption of cloud services while still providing performance control, location of data and services, and allowing platform selection. More and more healthcare organisations, as it provides the best of both worlds, are adopting a hybrid cloud model.
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