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Health IT Infrastructure Integration Systems Expected to Rise

Healthcare organizations are looking to infrastructure integration systems to eliminate redundant health IT infrastructure solutions.

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By Elizabeth O'Dowd

- Organizations are updating their health IT infrastructures to accommodate advanced technology. Often organizations cannot afford to update their IT infrastructure all at once, and are faced with integrating legacy IT systems with new, more advanced systems.

While new IT infrastructure systems, such as cloud-based and mobile solutions, often improve operations and performance, organizations can experience redundancies with certain solutions performing processes that cancel each other out, wasting money and resources.

The global system integration market is expected to reach $528 billion by 2025 as organizations across all industries seek to eliminate unnecessary or redundant processes from their IT infrastructures, according to a recent Grand View Research report.

Report authors predicted that the growth of cloud computing, along with recent developments in virtualized IT infrastructure technology, will trigger system integration solution adoption.

Healthcare was also listed as one of the top sectors expected to utilize system integration solutions to lower overall IT infrastructure operations spending over an extended period of time.

The consulting segment of the market is poised to see the most growth over the forecast period as organizations turn to vendor services to solve compliance and interoperability issues between systems.

Many healthcare organizations are using advanced technology to look inside their processes and determine where operations are lagging and redundancies can be eliminated. If an organization has a security solution in place to protect its cloud environment but moves to a new cloud environment that has a security solution built in, the old security solution is no longer needed but may still be implemented.

Organizations can also implement analytics solutions to help improve operations and eliminate redundancies.

Many healthcare organizations are actually experiencing very low operating margins, with some entities running in the negative, Pure Storage Vice President and CTO of Healthcare Vik Nagjee told HITInfrastructure.com.

Healthcare organizations cannot turn patients away, but they also cannot continue to operate at low or negative profit margins. This means something has to change in the way things are run, beginning with how to improve IT infrastructure to take care of the patient population.

Organizations are looking to cut back on costs wherever possible, which begins with looking at the health IT infrastructure. Adjusting health IT Infrastructure technology can potentially save organizations a significant amount of money.

For example, Mercy recently used analytics infrastructure technology to examine their supply chain

“Mercy is a large healthcare organization that deals with many hospital locations. They wanted to figure out how to save money by optimizing their supply chain,” Nagjee explained. “They started to look at the way they were acquiring things like gloves, scissors, and surgical instruments. They’re small things, but they add up.

“They were able to look at their processes and standardize them across the board and figure out where there are variances. They found a group of computer scientists who helped them create and artificial intelligence solution to map this data and helped them optimize their supply chain.”

Mercy was then able to implement the same technology to analyze clinical pathways and costs associated with hip replacement surgeries by examining the length of hospital stay in relation to patient readmission.

The same technique could be applied to other parts of a health IT infrastructure, such as cloud or security systems performing the same duties. Using the data infrastructure solutions produce can give organizations a better look into how systems work together to complete tasks so they can declutter systems and eliminate solutions that are not vital to operations.