EMR Solutions (Electronic Medical Record) and EHR (Electronic Health Record) have become a critical part of delivering optimal patient care. One patient, one record is the goal, ensuring providers have the best and most up to date information about their patients.
The challenge? With so many entry points and views into a single solution, HealthCare IT teams have to ensure that high availability and optimal performance metrics are being continuously met.
When EMR solutions like EpicCare need to be upgraded, they typically include a host of new features and security enhancements. The challenge is, these new features come with increased resource requirements from your data center for optimal performance. This is why sometimes you'll get user feedback suggesting they like a new feature, but are less satisfied with the EMR solution because overall performance has taken a hit. By tying your EMR upgrade project to an IBM Flash Storage deployment, you can actually increase the performance of your EMR solution after the upgrade.
IBM Flash Storage is an excellent approach for improving system performance within EMR solutions. In-memory storage has a much stronger read/write performance than traditional disk based arrays, driving optimal performance for your applications. IBM Flash Systems, when combined with server virtualization and high availability projects, helps improve the utilization ratios of your systems, ensuring that you have top tier performance, as well as easy expansion for future growth needs.
G/S Solutions has great experience working with facilities using Epic EMR and other leading EMR solutions. Our approach is to take a holistic view of your data center to ensure that the performance of your EMR, ERP, and other key business applications run well individually, and integrated together.
Key partnerships between Apple and IBM are driving a lot of innovation in the healthcare solution space. Epic has partnered with Apple before on EHR apps and worked with Apple on HealthKit, paving the way for providers' Epic systems to integrate with the platform and opening up possibilities for remote monitoring and care coordination. IBM, already involved in about 80 percent of Epic implementations, recently tightened its ties to the electronic health record giant when the two announced a joint bid for the Department of Defense's EHR modernization contract (according to an InformationWeek article, a feature of the bid is iOS support). Given the extended partnership between Apple and IBM, there is fantastic opportunity for robust application capability that will only get better with future Epic EMR Upgrades.