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Rural Hospital Chooses Commvault for Health Data Management

Montgomery County Memorial Hospital deploys Commvault for more advanced health data management.t

Commvault improves organization's health data management.

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By Elizabeth O'Dowd

- Montgomery County Memorial Hospital (MCMH) announced its successful deployment of Commvault Data Platform to improve its health data management and establish itself in a broader role for the community it cares for.

MCMH is part of a rural community where the next closest hospital located 35 miles away. The hospital receives federal funding to ensure it provides continued and consistent emergency services to its Iowa community. Implementing a more advanced and reliable health IT infrastructure allows MCMH to be the center of community care.

The organization recently replaced its legacy data platform with Commvault Data Platform to improve data protection and performance reliability. MCMH’s rural location makes IT staff more difficult to come by. The new platform minimizes the time it takes for IT staff to troubleshoot problems by performing nightly system backups.

Commvault’s platform lowers backup and recovery costs and minimizes the risk to EHRs and business data. The unified virtual protection of the hospital's VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V environments enables safeguarding and proper preservation of 70 TBs of vital clinical applications, patient medical records, and healthcare reimbursement data.

"Commvault's modern data management is a healthcare enabler, as we now can invest in new services without worrying about how to protect and preserve data," MCMH Network Administrator Terry Koppa said in a statement. "It's much more than just backup; Commvault is a major component of our infrastructure that allows us to excel in every aspect of being a progressive healthcare services provider."

Commvault’s interface streamlines data management by automating operations and offering comprehensive reporting. The solution complies with CAH, HIPAA, the HITECH Act, ICD-10, Meaningful Use and Patient Protection, and the Affordable Care Act.

The advanced platform enables MCMH to expand its services to include a mobile health clinic and an online digital ECG management system. The organization now also participates in a regional health information exchange that provides physicians with secure, private access to medical information from anywhere in the country.

MCMH is also making moves to roll out a new population health service with the aid of its more advanced data platform. The Life Science Technology program will provide patients with devices for monitoring blood pressure, blood sugar, weight, and other statistics that impact patient health.

Implementing a modern health IT infrastructure into a rural healthcare organization is challenging. Network connectivity is often weaker in rural areas causing critical access hospitals to struggle to keep up with the latest IT infrastructure solutions.

Major internet service providers may not provide strong service in certain areas, making it difficult for rural healthcare organizations to successfully participate in HIE with larger organizations in major cities.

Broadband service may also be unavailable in some rural areas. Contacting the local DSL or fiber optic company may be necessary before even beginning to consider implementing health IT infrastructure elements.  

Network dependent IT infrastructure, such as cloud-based data platforms, may have trouble getting off the ground due to unresolved network connectivity issues. Resolving network connectivity issues is expensive and many rural healthcare organizations cannot afford upgrades without government assistance.

Earlier this week the FCC released a public notice seeking comments and data on actions it can take to accelerate the adoption and accessibility of broadband-enabled healthcare solutions particularly in rural areas.

The FCC is seeking input from a broad range of participants including health systems, community health centers, clinicians, pharmacists, nutritionists, allied health professionals, public health and social service agencies and organizations. The agency is also seeking the input of broadband innovators and entrepreneurs, as well as academic and research facilities.

Currently, the government offers federal funding opportunities to assist qualified rural healthcare organizations in funding utilities needed for a modern IT infrastructure deployment. The FCC’s Rural Health Care Program provides funding to eligible critical access hospitals and rural practices for telecommunications services including broadband internet.