Why a Strong IT Infrastructure is Critical in the Healthcare Industry?

Why a Strong IT Infrastructure is Critical in the Healthcare Industry?

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Monday, October 11, 2021

With an emphasis on upgrading infrastructure, healthcare businesses may minimize operational costs, provide higher quality healthcare, increase reliability, and improve IT employee happiness.

FREMONT CA: Investing in a hospital IT department's infrastructure is frequently viewed as a "necessary evil”—something that falls to the bottom of the strategic IT roadmap as more exciting initiatives take precedence.

Whether an organization is expanding clinical applications, constructing a state-of-the-art facility, or recruiting the best physicians and nurses, a shaky healthcare IT infrastructure foundation will prevent the organization from achieving long-term success and truly optimizing high-priority needs such as telehealth.

Updating technology stacks provides an organization with the breathing room necessary to adapt and pivot in the ever-changing digital landscape of healthcare. Organizations may save operational costs by focusing on infrastructure modernization, providing higher-quality care, boosting reliability, and boosting IT employee happiness.

THE ADVANTAGES OF A STRONG IT INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY

Reduces operational costs in the long run: Upgrades to infrastructure are frequently met with resistance, which entails higher upfront costs. The average cost of maintaining older, less effective IT infrastructure, on the other hand, tends to increase over time. Much of this is due to parts being unavailable (resulting in lost time), costly legacy maintenance contracts, or growing utilization of data center capabilities (such as square footage and cooling). These costs can easily be reduced for healthcare organizations already burdened by high operational costs by investing in more modern infrastructure.

With newer, more efficient IT hardware, firms may plan for the long term and realize significant cost savings by upgrading essential pieces of technology at the appropriate intervals. While contractual requirements for warranties and support models can be optimized through intelligent sourcing, teams may find more strength by paying close attention to the age of their gear.

Facilitates the provision of higher-quality healthcare: By utilizing modern hardware, healthcare organizations can concentrate on deploying complicated, resilient systems to assist patients, such as new and better Electronic Health Record (EHR) deployments that include various applications across multiple interfaces. While these systems advertise as the latest and best for physicians, infrastructure enables them to operate faster. Whether it's a simple report, uploading data, transferring documents, or waiting for a result/calculation from an application, modernized infrastructure greases the wheels for faster processing and fewer interruptions to a physician's workflow.

Boosts reliability: Improved hardware contributes to developing a more stable and redundant infrastructure, reducing planned and unforeseen failures or downtime. Hardcoded solutions are becoming obsolete as extended networks and improved monitoring tools enable systems to reconnect active endpoints automatically in the event of a loss. Additionally, newer hardware provides improved disaster recovery and business continuity solutions, allowing rapid application recovery with little to no impact.

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