Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services proposed new rules for the seamless and secure access, exchange, and use of electronic health information that would require that patient access to this electronic health information be made available at no cost.
This latest development is part of a larger trend in the healthcare sector—the consumerization of healthcare, which refers to the changing role of patients from being reactive recipients of care to playing a more proactive role in managing their own health, deciding their payment plans, being better informed about the choices available, and demanding more quality of service.
As hospitals adapt to this more patient-centric model of operations and care, they are increasingly adopting technologies such as mobile devices, remote patient monitoring (RPM) tools and wearables to connect to their patients in real time to track their health and to conduct medical interventions, if necessary. While this consumerization trend offers the potential of improved care for patients, it also creates a healthcare data storage burden that IT needs to address—how to handle the influx of health data generated from these technologies that must be managed, secured, stored and made readily available.
Solving Healthcare Data Challenges Through Software
More and more hospitals are recognizing that software-defined storage is the solution to effectively storing the increasing volume of healthcare data and ensuring its constant, fast retrieval. Software-defined storage can provide hospitals with uninterrupted data access, massive architectural scale-out and game-changing application performance. Software-defined storage can be uniquely suited for helping healthcare organizations address the formidable challenges of consumerization by forming a transparent virtualization layer across diverse storage systems to maximize the availability, scalability and performance of all storage resources.
Today, more than 1,000 healthcare organizations have adopted software-defined storage to allow for real-time, always-on hospital data access. Whether it’s facilitating the delivery of better patient care through storage efficiency for one of the largest healthcare providers in the U.S. or providing unmatched performance and availability with freedom from hardware lock-in for one of the leading university clinics in Germany, modern healthcare organizations are reaping the benefits of software-defined storage across diverse storage systems to achieve maximum availability, functionality and efficiency of all storage resources at all times.
To find out how one healthcare organization–Maimonides Medical Center–is working with DataCore to successfully optimize its storage architecture to maximize the availability, performance and efficiency of data resources, click here. If you are ready to see how DataCore can help, talk with a DataCore expert.