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Healthcare in Flux: The New Cloud Requirements


in Cloud, xStream, Healthcare Cloud

Recent world events have highlighted the critical role that hospitals and medical facilities play in our communities, underscoring the resiliency that healthcare providers must expect from their suppliers and partners. This is especially true for the trusted partnerships between healthcare organizations and their technology providers, as IT serves as the backbone for critical patient information and services.

With the industry’s need for IT modernization, the healthcare sector is in a state of daily flux as it grapples with evolving patient demands, expanding compliance requirements and the need for more rapid and agile business innovation.

Benefits of Managed Services

While many industries moved to the cloud years ago to drive IT transformation, the healthcare sector took a more cautious approach for mission-critical applications like Epic for electronic health records (EHR). But in our current era, all industries have now come to realize the benefits of cloud, including hybrid and multicloud environments. Furthermore, leading healthcare organizations are turning to professional and managed services partners to:

  • extend the benefits of cloud to include even faster deployment and migration times;
  • improve IT system performance and management;
  • increase IT flexibility and agility;
  • improve availability for applications and platforms;
  • augment internal capabilities to improve operational efficiencies so internal IT teams can instead focus on higher-priority patient care initiatives and better health and wellness outcomes.
New Cloud Requirements Drawn into Sharper Focus

In this time of global uncertainty, delivering a highly-reliable, highly-secure, enterprise-class cloud platform to serve the needs of healthcare providers and payers is more critical than ever. As Virtustream’s customers like Novant Health and Franciscan Health, and other healthcare providers operate on the front lines of an unprecedented worldwide pandemic these days, their business requirements have been drawn into much sharper focus. They demand:

  • a future-proof cloud IT platform, with the capabilities and agility to stay ahead of a rapidly changing healthcare environment;
  • the highest levels of security and compliance;
  • consistent, simple, always-on access to digital medical records;
  • ability to easily expand telemedicine capabilities;
  • resiliency and flexibility to seamless scale for patient care needs in constant flux;
  • trusted cloud partners with broad, industry-specific expertise to free-up valuable internal IT resources to focus on the delivery of vital patient care initiatives.

In our post-pandemic future, the healthcare market will surely shift yet again. In one emerging area, for example, the line between healthcare providers and payers will continue to blur as insurers aim to invest in clinical integration, healthcare analytics and overall population health. And standalone organizations will look to partner for opportunities to merge complementary capabilities for the common goal of elevating community wellness.

As a result, technology and cloud providers must be able to facilitate and support these market shifts by delivering agile technology solutions and expert services designed to reduce complexity, ensure the availability of mission-critical applications, provide easy and highly secure access to data, and seamlessly support highly integrated environments, including hybrid and multicloud deployments.  

Flux is the one constant in today’s healthcare industry. Our current global crisis has put the IT environments of most healthcare organizations to the ultimate test, shining a bright light on the need for visionary, decisive IT leadership and long-term strategic planning.

And cloud partners who can offer purpose-built, highly-secure platforms with industry-specific expert services will continue to rise to the top as technology partners of choice with whom to forge trusted relationships that can stand the test of time and provide the IT assurances necessary for providing the best possible healthcare – regardless of the crisis du jour. 

Virtustream’s decade-long experience powering the mission-critical applications of some of the world’s biggest brands on our enterprise-class cloud has stood strong through countless crises, including the world’s current unprecedented challenges with COVID-19. Our ability to offer a variety of flexible deployment models allows us to meet our healthcare customers’ most unique business requirements. Learn more about Virtustream’s Healthcare Cloud, xStream cloud management software, and xStreamCare services portfolio today.

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