Healthcare IT systems require data center solutions
Monday, May 20th 2013

As more healthcare facilities integrate electronic health record systems into their operations, their need for data center facilities will increase. The relatively slow adoption of electronic case management and digital filing has been a source of criticism of the healthcare sector over the last few years. Becker's Hospital Review reported that only 44.4 percent of hospitals utilized even basic EHR systems in 2012. Although the use of EHRs has tripled since 2010, there is still room for growth in the industry.

Part of this lag can be attributed to a paucity of cost-effective solutions for an industry that often suffers from too few resources, with funding typically invested in supplies and innovations that directly save lives. However, many healthcare professionals argue that EHR systems are an imperative long-term solution to many healthcare operational issues. Because EHR rely on data centers for data storage and accessibility, solutions for these facilities, like wireless remote IT, can help maximize data center operability.

"Without a wireless strategy, a healthcare organization is inviting unnecessary and avoidable risks that could potentially compromise quality of care, patient safety, or both," MHIMSS contributor Eric B. Abbott wrote.

Establishing healthcare remote IT protocol
Effective data center monitoring techniques that have worked elsewhere will help facilitate integration. In particular, healthcare data center solutions can take advantage of new developments in monitoring consolidation, which optimizes storage capability and minimizes power usage. Data Center Knowledge contributor Colleen Miller wrote that top usage capabilities are becoming harmonious with cost-effective ones.

"While the data center has historically been an aggregation of many individual tactical solutions to the various requirements of processing, storage, networking, power distribution and cooling, it is very clear that the more strategic cost-based approach is coming into focus for many end-users," Miller wrote.

Healthcare IT systems solutions
In Nashville, Tenn., the recent rise of medical facilities quickly established the need for more data storage space, little of which existed until recently, the Tennessean reported. The local industry has grown to $50 billion, and in order to meet regulations for patient record retention and storage, more storage space is necessary. The first data center constructed exclusively for healthcare is virtually indestructible, built especially to withstand tornadoes. Inside, remote monitors and cameras keep track of the power and provide quality environment management.

In the busy healthcare sector, where record management is extremely important and every dollar counts, an approach involving sensors like the ones offered by ITWatchDogs, which are cost-effective without sacrificing functionality, will be integral to future innovation.