February 20, 2018 – Digital transformation is happening in all industries, and it will happen in healthcare whether healthcare IT professionals are ready or not. Electronic health records are moving to the cloud, telehealth is becoming a business requirement, and progressive new technologies like deep machine learning and digital pathology interpretation will soon become mainstream. The question is, will healthcare IT organizations be ready? According to Logicalis Healthcare Solutions, the healthcare-focused arm of Logicalis US, an international IT solutions and managed services provider, the key is to create a digital foundation that paves the way for the implementation of these new technologies. To help, the healthcare IT experts at Logicalis US have created a downloadable white paper that explores the strategic use of cloud, automation and managed services strategies as foundational components along this path. The paper, “Optimizing Every Healthcare IT Dollar,” is available for immediate download by healthcare organizations scheduling a meeting with Logicalis US at HIMSS18.
“To deliver the technology that supports everything from hyperconverged data centers to precision medicine or genomics, for example, requires the full focus and attention of a unique breed of IT specialists,” says Michael Riley, Practice Leader, Logicalis Healthcare Solutions. “And while these people may already be on a hospital’s IT staff, if they’re bogged down with the daily operation of the provider’s IT infrastructure, the intellectual bandwidth the organization needs to tackle the implementation and deployment of new clinical or research technologies simply isn’t available.”
Logicalis experts say the use of managed services, IT service management (ITSM), and the cloud, however, can help healthcare IT organizations take those all-important next steps toward a more efficient, secure, digitally enabled future that is ready to explore, implement and support the advanced technologies being developed and brought to market today.
Three Steps: Laying the Foundation for Healthcare’s Digital Transformation
1. Managed Services: Why Outsourcing Is No Longer a Four-Letter Word: In a resources-constrained environment where the healthcare IT team is spending 80 percent or more of its time monitoring events, implementing patches, overseeing backups, staying compliant and managing the service desk, real digital transformation isn’t an option. CIOs simply must find a way to flip that 80/20 rule upside down. The simplest and most cost-effective way to do that is through the use of managed services. In fact, in a recent survey of 890 CIOs around the world, one in four said they already outsource most (more than 50 percent) of their IT to a trusted MSP.
2. Using ITSM to Do More with What You Already Have: At a time when CXOs and healthcare boards of directors are demanding “more, better, faster” from their IT departments, but budgets are not expanding commensurately, the right automation and IT service management (ITSM) strategies offer CIOs another important success-building option: Migrate what you can to the cloud, then automate what you keep in house so neither IT nor clinicians spend unnecessary valuable time on maintenance and management of systems that could effectively run themselves.
3. Embracing the Cloud is the Beginning of Real Transformation: IT is no longer all about the infrastructure you own and manage in house; instead, it’s about the quality of services you can efficiently and cost-effectively deliver to users throughout your organization. To deliver a more agile IT experience, CIOs have realized, requires a new operational and consumption model that relies on the cloud as a vital and viable part of the plan. And, now that security for cloud solutions has matured, the cloud can and should play a significant role in a healthcare organization’s digital transformation strategy.
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