Healthcare organizations depend on real-time data to make life-saving decisions. Healthcare IT organizations bear the responsibility of ensuring that the right people have the right information when they need it. To do this, the performance and availability of the applications that support critical patient services must be guaranteed and operating at peak performance.
Of course, we aren’t just talking about patient records. We’re talking about your entire infrastructure and systems—from EMR to radiology systems, back-office accounting to patient care and monitoring services. Availability of data at all times is not just a regulatory requirement—it is essential to delivering quality care.
Data-intensive electronic medical records (EMR) and healthcare information systems are driving up storage requirements for healthcare organizations. With limited visibility into storage I/O performance, healthcare IT managers face a significant challenge maintaining the performance and availability of EMR applications from providers such as Epic, Cerner, Siemens, GE, and McKesson.
Virtual Instruments is helping hospitals and clinics address these issues with VirtualWisdom and Load DynamiX Enterprise. These award-winning infrastructure performance analytics solutions monitor, measure, test, and analyze physical and virtual environments (servers, NAS, SANs and storage).
The Virtual Instruments solution improves performance, availability and utilization of the IT infrastructure. It addresses regulatory compliance by ensuring that healthcare organizations have instant and uninterrupted access to the data they need to provide quality patient care.
Every day, dozens of healthcare IT organizations use Virtual Instruments to guarantee performance and availability of their critical infrastructure and applications and align performance requirements to deployment decisions. Here are some of the benefits they realize:
Many healthcare organizations are struggling to implement innovative technologies like EMR that directly impact the quality of patient care due to costly, complex virtualized infrastructures that require significant resources to maintain. Virtual Instruments ability to monitor, report, trend and diagnose performance and availability issues from the application level to the storage arrays in a reliable and scalable way is essential for healthcare IT managers responsible for the infrastructure that maintains clinical workflow, access to patient data and the overall delivery of quality care.
In healthcare, every second counts. Doctors, patients, nurses, clinicians, and hospital administration all want one thing: to provide the best care to those in need. Healthcare IT teams support that goal by integrating technology that is designed to provide better care and faster, more delightful patient experiences. With bigger investment in technology to match patient lifestyle, more and more applications are bridging the internal-only hospital systems with the outside world. Data generated by wearable technology, personal health records, and consumer health devices can complete the whole picture of a person’s health and well being. Downtime or poor performance of the storage infrastructure can cause delayed critical healthcare—or even worse—lost lives.
To keep pace, storage architects within the healthcare industry must look at the adoption of new storage technologies that are reshaping how data centers will be architected to support the huge explosion of electronic health records and medical imaging data. Storage evaluation and testing is becoming a key component to cost-effective and responsive storage system rollouts. The primary goals are to reduce the risk of organizational interruption (application slowdowns or outages) and to ensure the right product and amount of product is acquired. Load DynamiX Enterprise enables the evaluation of storage infrastructure by modeling the production application workload environment as accurately as possible and testing it against new storage targets. It enables the ability to pre-determine the performance limits of the storage system so that the next storage upgrade can be a carefully planned to avoid costly over-provisioning while predicting how storage the storage infrastructure will behave under the heaviest of loads.