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Electronic health records (EHR) are central to the needs of today’s hospitals and health systems. For most HIMSS-goers, EHRs like Epic are familiar turf, but the complexity of supporting them in the data center still creates challenges for the IT department. And as EHR functionality continues to mature, new features and analytics are causing performance and storage requirements to grow. Hospital staff need immediate access to the EHR for delivering care, making treatment decisions, automating billing and communication, and conducting ongoing analytics initiatives like care management and population health. EHR data needs to be always available, accessible, and compliant in real time.
This need for real time access to EHR data creates challenges for the infrastructure, particularly since infrastructure spending for healthcare providers doesn’t always keep pace with organizational demands. For this reason, provider IT departments must seek the most cost-effective and efficient way to deliver EHR data. Many healthcare organizations are able to strike a balance between EHR needs and infrastructure spending by turning to converged infrastructure solutions in the data center. Converged infrastructure, like FlashStack from Cisco and Pure Storage, streamlines datacenter management, with servers, storage and networking equipment offering reduced costs for cabling, power/cooling and floor space alongside simplified management.
Customers see results quickly from converged infrastructure, and find that these results can be repeated when needed to expand and scale. One large Midwestern health system, a FlashStack customer, recently implemented VDI for its Epic users and found results that included 10:1 data reduction and a 20% reduction in spin-up and breakdown time for its clinical images in an initial implementation. These results demonstrated the business case for the health system and IT was able to scale out its VDI implementation to quickly achieve 100% of its VDI instances running on Epic, simplifying management and lowering TCO. The same health system was also amazed and delighted to see 4:1 data reduction when moving its Epic Caché database and Clarity application to FlashStack.
Cisco and Pure Storage have worked closely with Epic to validate that FlashStack is aligned with Epic’s defined infrastructure requirements as outlined in its hardware configuration guide, and to ensure that Epic customers get the solution they need for a robust EHR infrastructure both for today and for the future. Epic on FlashStack and documentation are now available! Visit Cisco at booth #1850 or Pure Storage at booth #6081 and follow us on Twitter @purehealthcare to learn more about Epic on FlashStack.