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Use healthcare IT to keep hospitals focused on patients

By Darren Boyd, Senior Product Marketing Manager

No matter which department he or she works in, any employee of a hospital or healthcare facility knows the No. 1 priority – patient care. Every aspect of the organization needs to be focused on ensuring patients receive the best care and treatment. For healthcare IT workers, this means two things. Firstly, they need to ensure infrastructure is optimized for performance. Secondly, it means seamlessly integrating new technologies without delaying existing operations. When IT performance is an ongoing priority for healthcare IT teams, both of these goals are in reach.

Optimizing performance of existing infrastructure

Downtime isn’t an option at healthcare facilities. However, when dozens of employees are arriving at work, the increased activity can lead to boot storms and overload problems that prevent doctors and nurses from accessing the information they need. IT performance issues can’t be a concern for people charged with treating patients. When IT teams understand infrastructure performance holistically, they can identify the causes of latency extensions and downtime at certain points and prevent them.

Additionally, from a business standpoint, cost optimization is improved when IT performance is simplified. Spending money on unnecessary system upgrades or additional resources can prevent hospitals from procuring other critical needs. Equipping IT with platforms and solutions that make the health of IT infrastructure a priority keeps the system functional longer and prevents expensive upgrades that don’t solve core problems.

Seamless integration and operation of new technologies

A recent article from CIO.com highlighted the ways healthcare IT teams have embraced the cloud. The mandates from federal organizations to digitize cloud services certainly pushed these initiatives forward. However, the goal of delivering the best treatment to patients was just as important. By integrating the cloud, among other modern technologies, hospitals have been able to streamline a number of issues, such as communication and system incompatibility, which were problematic in the past.

Integrations need to come with minimal impacts on IT availability and performance. The same concepts and platforms that help IT teams maintain performance and avoid expensive upgrades also provide the information needed to mitigate risks associated with migrations and integrations.

IT is becoming a larger focus throughout enterprise IT. Healthcare IT, however, has been completely transformed in recent years. A greater focus on modernizing IT infrastructure can’t take away from taking care of patients. When performance management is considered at every step of the process, healthcare IT is in position to help every organization achieve its ultimate goal.

If your healthcare IT team needs some assistance supporting your infrastructure, request a VirtualWisdom demo to learn how it can be done.