The healthcare industry is facing an alarming IT growth rate, primarily initiated by recent health care legislation and reform. Two recent reform measures, both implementing and expanding electronic health records, threaten to swamp the current data storage methods if changes are not made.
First, the healthcare industry faces a new medical coding system, which adds over 68,000 new codes to the current system. In his article for Computerworld, Lucas Mearian states that the change threatens not only standard medical reporting and billing procedures, but could overload the current data storage systems and exponentially increase the data storage requirements for electronic health records (EHRs).
Second, the healthcare industry will need to implement strategies to manage the more than 28 million new Americans who are expected to get healthcare coverage by the year 2020. According to Mearian, the immense amount of new information has the potential to flood the industry, filling healthcare databases and forcing IT departments to make significant changes to meet demand.
So, how does the healthcare industry handle the flood of new data while continuing to cut costs?
1. Leverage Used Storage Solutions
Used storage solutions can be the key to completing the project under time and budget constraints. IT storage managers can experience 60-70% savings, allowing them to purchase 150-200% more storage with their existing IT budget.
Used storage arrays and capacity upgrades from EMC, IBM, and NetApp systems are all readily available from reliable vendors. These vendors can find warranty-backed equipment, which is guaranteed to be compatible with their existing storage infrastructure.
2. Employ Storage Consolidation
IT directors in the healthcare industry can consolidate their data storage systems to reduce the cost of exponential data growth. A consolidation strategy for multiple servers can help an enterprise see benefits across the board, including facilities costs like air conditioning and power usage.
Storage consolidation may also help reduce the need for additional IT staff and data center space, because consolidated storage takes up less space and require fewer staff for management purposes. When implemented correctly, storage consolidation can effectively cut costs, improve both capital and operational budgets, and simplify IT growth and development.
3. Choose Third Party Maintenance
To further reduce the cost of increased data, healthcare providers can choose an alternative method of server maintenance. Third party maintenance allows for a flexible contract that is tailored to the specific needs of the enterprise, providing a high level of service while reducing the cost of maintenance by 40-80%.
Third party maintenance can provide faster service than at traditional OEM, which usually provides either four hour or next day service. Reliant Technology can provide data storage service in as little as 15 minutes by utilizing on-site spare kits.
Third party maintenance companies also provide more efficient maintenance for data storage systems. Traditional OEM maintenance contracts can only service their specific product, leaving an enterprise with multiple OEM maintenance providers. Third party maintenance companies use service providers who are qualified to work on a variety of data storage systems. Instead of renewing multiple service contracts, third party maintenance solutions can consolidate your services to save time and money.
Reliant Technology has helped healthcare companies to save thousands on new and used storage equipment. Hospitals, emergency services, and healthcare companies all depend on Reliant Technology to help them reduce costs and prepare for the future.
Need help planning or additional information? Talk to a dedicated Reliant Storage Specialist today to get expert advice and ensure you have the storage you need at a price you can afford.