The DoD and VA healthcare landscape is a dynamically changing realm – and it’s not just because of the Affordable Care Act or the transition from fee-for-service to pay-per-performance.
The Digital Universe for healthcare is big – and growing exponentially. Healthcare represents a significant percentage of the overall Digital Universe, and is growing at 48% per year. New healthcare applications and challenges, higher patient expectations, and continued introductions of new technology continue to drive data growth in the healthcare field – resulting in major and rapid growth.
Traditional IT infrastructures can’t keep up with the data deluge – so, what can? In my experience, the key lies in hybrid cloud.
Hybrid cloud brings together the best of both worlds – providing users with a combination of private and public clouds, and the agility, security, and cost-efficiency needed to operate successfully. Hybrid cloud enables IT to act as the internal service provider of choice and a broker of IT services. By allowing better sharing and collaboration across the continuum of care, hybrid cloud also addresses the uniquely sensitive needs of healthcare-focused agencies – incorporating trusted solutions such as advanced security, integrated backup and recovery, and continuous availability.
As more and more data is added to the healthcare Digital Universe, agencies need to prepare for the coming trends – but how? Agencies should:
- Empower IT to more quickly provision new applications
- Implement operationally flexible unstructured repositories
- Adopt cloud to improve performance, workflows, and processes
To learn more about the capabilities of cloud in Federal healthcare, check out EMC’s white paper on the topic.