Healthcare is one of the most complex industries on the planet. It faces regulations beyond what most of us can comprehend, deals with all types of sensitive data – payment information, patient data, employment records, and more – and any sort of outage can be critical.
This makes healthcare IT not only extremely difficult to manage, but also expensive. Then you have to add in the fact that healthcare budgets are tight, and there’s justified internal and external pressure to dedicate as much budget as possible to patient care. Taken together, it’s not surprising that the leading organizations are constantly looking for ways to make their IT departments more efficient, more secure and less costly.
This is the exact situation facing Partners HealthCare. One of Massachusetts’ largest employers, it set out to overhaul some of its IT infrastructure, make use of the cloud and reduce the duplication of data that most backups systems create -- all while improving performance.
Partners HealthCare chose ClearSky Data for a number of reasons, starting with the fact that it saved them 25 percent over their previous model. However, cost savings that mean a reduction in functionality are a non-starter for healthcare organizations like Partners. In fact, Partners needed more functionality, and got it, starting with that improved performance and reduced duplication.
As Partners CIO Jim Noga recently explained to InformationWeek, “The pay-as-you-go ClearSky service caches frequently-used data locally, then replicates the healthcare provider’s audit trails, Splunk data and Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) backups at a regional facility, which then sends a so-called ‘golden copy’ to an Amazon Web Services facility in the public cloud.”
The article highlights many of the efficiencies that healthcare companies can gain by using a model where frequently accessed data is stored close to where it’s needed – at the edge – while less-used data is stored farther away, all while maintaining one “golden copy,” not the multiple copies that traditional models create.
“Most of the other vendors do the local caching, but then it goes direct to the cloud,” Noga told InformationWeek. “The intermediate node offered by ClearSky has more of your content and it offers a more predictable performance picture. So even if the regional facility is disrupted, your data is still replicated in the public cloud. At least for now, the ClearSky model appears to be unique.”
The bottom line? Healthcare organizations face a dizzying array of IT challenges, that often conflict with each other. Being constantly on the lookout for new IT efficiencies isn’t a luxury, it’s a way of life.Learn more about how ClearSky Data can help your healthcare organization.