In the health care industry, the cost of hardware for IT Infrastructure is quite considerable, and any savings that any organization may be able to make would help free up its budget for utilization in other initiatives.
Cloud-Based IT Infrastructure
The first promising option is the adoption of cloud-based technology. IT hardware is quite expensive, and maintaining it requires considerable infrastructure and skilled IT personnel. Further, hardware has to be scaled up periodically in order to meet current demands and advancing technology. All this adds to the total cost. Currently, cloud-based IT infrastructure solutions have significantly advanced, and it makes it more prudent to adopt virtualized and cloud-based infrastructure services. This would help save on staff cost, hardware, and electricity.
A cloud-based infrastructure that provides services for multiple organizations could actually turn out better than an in-house IT infrastructure team, as it would be able to invest and upgrade to the latest technologies. Maintenance, which can be quite a bit of an issue, is taken off the hands of the organization. The health care industry can hence benefit from just leasing space on cloud server infrastructure.
Software-defined storage (SDS) separates hardware and the software used for managing it. This helps health care make better usage of server storage space by sharing the workloads across numerous servers. Health care organizations need not have to invest in additional dedicated servers. Computer servers have large processing power and capacities, and they can be used for multi-tasking.
Benefits of BYOD and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
In healthcare, VDI enables clinicians to access their desktops/workstations through mobile devices. This facility is a great time-saver as it allows clinicians instant access to reports, enabling them to provide immediate treatments as necessary. Enabling VDI also helps the healthcare organization save on hardware costs. Further, some health care organizations are also encouraging bring-your-own-device (BYOD), which has increased satisfaction amongst its clinicians and other employees, while benefiting the organization in terms of reduced investment on smartphones and other mobile devices.
The healthcare industry can benefit immensely by migrating their IT infrastructure from legacy solutions to cloud-based solutions, and by also adopting VDI and BYOD solutions to boost employee satisfaction and reduce investment and expenses in IT hardware infrastructure.