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3 minute read3 Trends Changing the Face of Healthcare IT

Data demands continue to skyrocket across industries and healthcare is no exception. Emerging technologies and trends continue to revolutionize the way IT professionals manage and store data.

By deploying solutions like Flash and utilizing the Cloud, the healthcare industry  has experienced leaps in data storage.

So, what do today’s tech trends mean for IT managers in healthcare?

Flash Storage

The introduction of flash has shaken up healthcare IT as much as any other industry. While other organizations implement flash to give them a competitive edge, for healthcare professionals the stakes are much higher. With the ability to increase data center efficiency, flash has eased performance burdens that plague large healthcare databases.

IT managers turn to All-Flash Arrays and automated storage tiering to speed up workflows which will allow doctors, nurses, physicians, and pharmacists to quickly access the data they need.

Flash continues to grow in popularity with healthcare providers because of its cost-saving abilities and performance benefits.

Cloud Computing

Although many organizations benefit from cloud computing, this storage trend has been slower to catch on in the healthcare field. HIPAA regulations and cybersecurity concerns sometimes leave senior IT executives wary.

The healthcare industry is shifting to a patient-centric model. With this model comes the need for ease of access to patient records, images, and notes. Many vendors have embraced the cloud to fill those needs for Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and image storing which accounted for 7-10% of healthcare costs in 2015.


A seemingly constant trend for IT professionals has been cybersecurity. According to data security company Vormetric, out of 1,100 senior IT security executives  surveyed, 96% reported feeling vulnerable to threats to their data networks.

With such a large percentage anxious about data security there’s no surprise that healthcare IT managers deem federal security and privacy regulations a top priority.

Making sure that your IT assets are supported and decommissioned according to HIPAA regulations is a great start when it comes to protecting your data networks.

What Happens Next?

There’s no way to predict the future, and being in the IT industry means changing at a moment’s notice. In order to do this you must prepare for data growth planned and unplanned. As IT trends come and go, trust the World’s #1 Reseller of Certified Pre-Owned Storage Hardware & Support for capacity and performance needs in your healthcare data center. Contact one of our storage specialists at 1.877.227.0828.

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Reid Smith-Vaniz

by Reid Smith-Vaniz

Reid is the founder and CEO of Reliant Technology and for 14 years has pursued his mission to remove the pain associated with maintaining IT infrastructure. Reid writes on common challenges related to maintaining, servicing, tracking, budgeting, and upgrading technology.

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