Top Challenges for a Healthcare Data Center
In today’s changing environment, the healthcare data center plays an integral role in achieving strategic initiatives. The data center has evolved to a position of critical importance in delivering patient care, complying with regulatory mandates and ensuring high operational performance.
Over the past few years, major changes in the healthcare industry have caused many data center challenges for hospitals, clinics and private physician offices, including these:
- Growth in Data — As is the case in other industries, the amount of data gathered and managed in a healthcare organization is growing exponentially. This growth involves the total amount of data, as well as an increase in the different types of data. Healthcare organizations are collecting and analyzing a wide variety of real-time facility and clinical data.
Managing the explosion of data will require investments in additional storage capacity and data center capabilities. With budgets already taxed, healthcare organizations will have to look for ways to streamline data center operations. Data center colocation offers a cost-effective solution for addressing big data initiatives. With sound data strategies, healthcare organizations run more efficient operations and ultimately enhance patient care.
- Cost Reduction – By providing the required physical infrastructure, outsourced healthcare data centers can save organizations money. A data center colocation facility provides data center space, power, cooling, connectivity, disaster recovery and physical security, typically at a much lower cost than what an organization can achieve with an in-house operation.
By moving to a data center colocation model, healthcare organizations don’t have to incur huge capital expenditures and wait months or even years for a facility to be constructed. They also don’t assume the costly risks associated with over- or under-building a data center.
- Disaster Recovery – A healthcare organization can’t afford to lose data center functionality during a man-made or natural disaster. These are the times when hospitals are needed the most to treat patients – it’s literally a life and death scenario.
Therefore, healthcare organizations require a dependable disaster recovery solution. When the main systems go off-line, the transition to back-up systems must be completely transparent. The flow of patient data must be seamless with doctors, nurses and other hospital practitioners never knowing an outage has occurred.
Healthcare organizations are operating in an increasingly complex environment. Regulatory, technological and budgetary pressures make it difficult for these organizations to manage in-house data centers effectively. To make the right healthcare data center decision, organizations need to analyze their requirements and objectively evaluate how well their internal capabilities can meet these requirements. In a great number of cases, data center colocation presents a better option than an in-house data center.
FairPoint’s data centers provide organizations with network connectivity and rack space in physically secure, reliable locations. Businesses can use this space as primary or secondary data center sites. In addition, data center colocation space can also be employed as an essential part of a comprehensive disaster recovery strategy. FairPoint’s data centers are strictly controlled environments with essential power, cooling, connectivity and physical security features – including continuous video monitoring and keycard access at ingress points. And, with Remote Hands service, FairPoint’s Advanced Services Team can handle routine maintenance and troubleshooting.
For data center colocation services that address your remote storage, off-site IT and disaster recovery requirements, consider FairPoint Data Center Services. Visit www.fairpoint.com/businessclassdatacenter to learn more.
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