Delivering quality care requires a reliable technology platform. The continued drive to leverage electronic health record solutions as a foundation for quality and efficient clinical care places increasingly greater demands on the underlying information technology infrastructure. This information technology infrastructure, including the data centers and networks, must be designed and operated to deliver uninterrupted service. However, for many healthcare entities, the data center presents a weak link; it is often over capacity, a potential single point of failure and less fault tolerant than is prudent. In addition, it is often less energy efficient than is needed to operate efficiently.

This presentation, given by Gerard Nussbaum and Brian Lin, discusses some elements of the data center challenge, steps organizations can take to maximize the value of their current data center and longer-term considerations for building or acquiring appropriate data center facilities.

To view the entire presentation, please download the PDF.

28 January 2010