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At Comport, we really understand the infrastructure that supports modern healthcare. We specialize in enterprise-level solutions for storage, servers, virtualization, security, backups and archive systems. Our engineers configure solutions with precise levels of redundancy, scalability and protection. We understand that solutions must also be affordable and provide clear ROI. We work whenever possible to eliminate computing silos, no longer affordable for today’s hospitals.
The expanded use and overall dependency on EMRs has raised the stakes dramatically in the need for uptime, reliability and optimal performance. Clinicians cannot wait for non-responsive or poorly performing systems for critical patient care activities such as medication administration, placing orders, assessing patient’s test results, scheduling, etc. As our healthcare organizations are making huge technology investments and our physicians are taking time to learn and modify clinical workflows around IT systems, downtime is truly unacceptable. The below areas are key components of a modern healthcare infrastructure.
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Economies of scale and the ability to manage growth requirements demand a centralized storage strategy. The ability to safeguard PHI and provide data lifecycle management, auditability, appropriate business continuity, disaster planning, data archiving and backup management are significantly more attainable on a centralized platform. Racks of disparate NAS, or individual server RAIDs are increasingly risk exposures for healthcare providers. Let Comport assess your environment and discuss migration strategies toward efficient, centralized storage.
Affordable, Massively Scalable Patient Data Archive
Our new patient data management and storage platform is a game-changing technology approach that facilitates secure web-based management and access to all patient data at the time and place of care. The foundation architecture is industry-endorsed OpenStack. The cost of ongoing management and storage of patient data is likely consuming a larger and larger percentage of your IT budget; now there is a compelling financial and technical solution. To learn more please download our white paper “Patient Data Storage Platform.”
Server farms and the need for multiple servers for every new application are rapidly stressing data centers, support teams and making standardized policies more difficult to maintain. A server “going down” can create operational havoc and present a dangerous situation for our patients. Blade servers can share resources as needed, switch to redundant nodes to prevent downtime and generally, provide better utilization of server resources while providing optimal business continuity.
The ability to virtualize a server provides increased protection to hardware-level redundancy. Virtual servers provide the ultimate level of protection against downtime. Virtual clients can provide vast improvements in the ability to provide and support large client communities. Our customers have realized large savings by consolidating infrastructure to support multiple departments, ambulatory services, physician practices and multi-hospital consolidations. Having solutions that are scalable and nimble are essential in our environment of rapid change. Comport specializes in virtualization and assists in design strategies that address the most critical risk areas, as well as planning for enterprise growth or consolidation.
Due to application requirements, IT infrastructure and management of that infrastructure has become sprawling, costly, and inefficient. It is no longer affordable for any healthcare organization to continue down this path. We find that CIO’s are most concerned with reducing costs, improving service to clinicians and patients, and improving efficiency of staff to tackle strategic issues.
Automating those time-consuming, repetitive IT tasks achieves these benefits and is very manageable. This is often called Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). As one example, we find that there is significant short- and long-term ROI for a server provisioning automation use case. On average it takes 45-60 days to get a new server fully integrated into production; this can be decreased to a few hours with automation.
Automation to create IaaS is a high-payoff opportunity for both large and small IT departments to free staff for higher-level work, and remove layers of inefficiency. Speed-to-service, decreased costs, more accurate results and happier end-users are additional benefits we have seen. Strategically it is a great first step on the inevitable journey to a self-service, highly efficient IT environment. Our practical experience and open source approach brings huge benefits and is well-suited to a multi-vendor environment. IT automation is an ideal topic for a briefing with Comport.
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“Cloud computing” refers to delivering hosted services over the Internet. Private clouds provide dedicated resources to customers and public clouds provide solutions to anyone on the Internet. Hybrid (public and private) solutions are also available.
Healthcare has been slow to adopt cloud solutions due, in part, to concerns about protecting patient privacy and security. As cloud-based technologies mature, healthcare is in a position to benefit from the badly-needed efficiencies that cloud computing can offer in terms of scalability, affordability and reducing resources needed to maintain IT infrastructure. This is the time to plan your cloud strategies; Comport is ready to help develop a strategy for these important technologies with you.
Storage capacity management and budgets continue to be stressed by the amount of data stored by today’s sophisticated medical imaging. As more detailed studies are possible and the number of “slices” per scan increase, the need to store and retrieve huge amounts of data is ever-increasing. Combine this with the fact that video and “Cine” are becoming more popular, and imaging in Cardiology and other specialties is on the rise.
Data is captured in a variety of formats and interoperability is lacking when data is needed outside the originating department. Trying to manage data access, distribution and storage from these disparate data silos often turns into a compatibility nightmare. And the significant ongoing expense of maintaining each department’s viewing device, archive and storage islands must be considered.
If that were not enough, document imaging is an important component of an organization’s transition to Electronic Medical Records (EMRs). Storing, archiving, back-ups and disaster recovery are all critical components of a comprehensive imaging strategy.
Comport has long specialized in healthcare imaging strategies and clinical workflow. Comport Healthcare Solutions provide an interoperability framework and storage solution, purpose built for managing health data, fixed content, images and their associated metadata. Comport’s solutions enable a healthcare organization to establish a facility-wide repository used by multiple business and clinical systems as a central archive, to deliver patient and business information in a vendor-neutral format. The combination of data normalization and a centrally managed, active archive meets the unique challenges surrounding DICOM/HL7 data access, data consolidation, data mining and data distribution.
When you recognize that a strategy for your institution’s medical imaging is a necessity, Comport is the right partner to engage in this discussion.