As healthcare organizations brace for the IT impact of ACA legislation, executives and their Boards of Directors are under significant pressure. Healthcare costs are still rising, the chronically ill population continues to grow, and reimbursements are at risk. While IT is widely acknowledged as a critical enabler for healthcare transformation, shrinking margins and the need to achieve EMR Meaningful Use milestones require that projects demonstrate reduced costs while facilitating attestation.
To meet the challenges of Meaningful Use, managing Protected Health Information, and “always on, anywhere access” at a lower IT cost, healthcare providers are implementing IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) strategies. Building an agile ITaaS framework incorporates virtualization, converged IT platforms, private and hybrid cloud computing architectures, along with rationalization of the application portfolio.
Healthcare organizations are no longer asking whether to deploy virtualization and cloud computing models, but how. In fact, many healthcare organizations have already taken an important first step in their cloud journey by virtualizing and standardizing their infrastructure.