Vital Signs of a Healthcare System
Vital Signs of a Healthcare System
To deliver life-saving work in increasingly distributed locations, today’s healthcare systems rely upon a complex network of applications that work together to ensure building systems, healthcare data, and medical equipment availability. Even a moment’s interruption to a critical application can compromise the delivery of care, undermine the patient experience, and even mean the difference between life or death.
Achieve Continuity For Life
To protect the data and systems upon which patients and providers rely, you need robust physical and IT infrastructure. To determine just how healthy that infrastructure is, and where it may require some extra attention or care, start with checking the vital signs of your critical systems— indicators such as connectivity, efficiency, reliability, scalability, and compliance. Keeping your infrastructure strong in each of these areas is the key to ensuring the ongoing delivery of high-quality care.Read Blog
Your Healthcare IT Network’s Critical Systems
Data center downtime costs business nearly $9,000 per minute1. In healthcare, it can cost lives. The human body relies on the central nervous system as a command and control center, sending and interpreting intelligence via billions of neurons (over 90,000 miles of sensations!) to enable bodily functions, detect threats, and help people react in time to prevent system failures. Healthcare systems rely on their IT backbone to fill this role. The IT infrastructure keeps healthcare operations running around the clock by monitoring and protecting critical systems across the distributed network. Interoperable, intelligent, scalable solutions are the keys to keeping this system sharp.Read Blog
A strong framework that provides shape, structure, and protection as the body grows is key to a person’s ability to move both voluntarily and involuntarily in response to the environment. As new medical technologies like telemedicine, imaging, and wearables generate ever more information and the networks become increasingly distributed, healthcare systems need a strong, adaptable skeleton to accommodate the growth of data from all extremities. According to an IDC report, healthcare data is projected to experience a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 36% through 20252. That’s enough data to span 12 quadrillion miles worth of notebook paper—laid end to end, they would circle the earth 485 billion times!Read Blog
The heart lies at the center of the circulatory system, pumping vital nutrients to power and regulate every other part of the body. In healthcare systems where IT infrastructure is increasingly distributed, a central system that provides power, visibility, access, and control across the network is the key to simplifying healthcare management. Connectivity and centralized control ensure access to information that enables seamless operations, proper power and temperature regulation, and faster, better decision making. UPS failure caused by bad batteries, which normally account for 25% of all outages3, can be virtually eliminated with this level of increased visibility and control.Read Blog
No body system can do its job when it’s plagued by illness or virus. Healthcare continuity can fall victim to many threats too, ranging from ever-changing regulatory requirements, to aging physical infrastructure, to rising energy costs. Best practices—such as testing, maintenance, physical infrastructure upgrades, and recommissioning— increase your system’s immunity and promote optimal productivity, compliance, and energy efficiency. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average commercial building wastes 30 percent of the energy it consumes4. Assuming average use of 44,618 kWh per year5 by the typical hospital, that would save enough energy to power a 2019 Chevrolet Volt to drive 9,239 times around the earth.Read Blog
- 2016 Study on Data Center Outages https://www.vertiv.com/en-us/about/news-and-insights/articles/white-papers/2016-ponemon-institute-report-on-cost-of-data-center-outages/
- International Data Corporation (IDC) report https://www.seagate.com/our-story/data-age-2025/
- Understanding the Cost of Data Center Downtime: An Analysis of the Financial Impact on Infrastructure Vulnerability https://www.vertiv.com/globalassets/images/about-images/news-and-insights/articles/white-papers/understanding-the-cost-of-data-center/datacenter-downtime-wp-en-na-sl-24661_51225_1.pdf
- Energy Star® https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/facility-owners-and-managers/existing-buildings/save-energy?s=mega.
- Energy Star median BTU per hospital square foot is 467, median square foot is 326,000, number of hospitals 5,500