The Risks of Data Centers in the Healthcare Industry
Healthcare generates big data, but is still behind in effectively and securely managing and analyzing electronic health records, test results, emails, private communications, and research. Healthcare organizations and hospitals are turning to data centers to safely store information on and off campuses.
Demand on data centers from the healthcare industry will only increase as The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act incentivize providers to improve patient care though big data, and as the Affordable Care Act brings more patients into the system, generating even more data.
Current healthcare IT systems cannot provide the interconnected and collaborative healthcare that hospital systems and healthcare organizations desire. Most hospitals have complex, slow systems for receiving and reconciling medical imagining data with extraneous security blocks using VPNs and FTP. Hospital firewalls can add additional roadblocks to transferring information out of network, hindering collaborative care between specialist providers. Healthcare firms are looking to cloud storage and tiered storage to reduce costs and increase efficiency in this environment.
Information and privacy concerns are incredibly serious in the healthcare industry, but data sharing will see significant growth, which will increase security risks. Some medical devices are attached to wireless networks as well, creating the risk of physical harm. The healthcare industry already makes up almost half of significant data security breaches with personal devices in-network and stolen devices as risk factors.
Big data spending will reach more than four billion dollars in the healthcare sector by 2020 as analytics become part of routine, real-time healthcare decision making. Eventually, predictive analytics will support personalized medicine.
Existing data centers can be updated to support evolving healthcare technologies with sensible evaluation, planning, and collaboration with strategic partners like Silverback Data Center Solutions. Supporting legal requirements for data like electronic health records can have significant implications for storage and networking infrastructure in a data center. Most healthcare data centers can take steps to improve energy efficiency, functionality, and compliance with industry standards. Strategies like implementing hot-aisle cold-aisle orientations, increasing supply air temperature, removing unused under-floor cabling, and using blanking panels will make improvements to the operation of your data center space and improve your ability to support more density per rack, ensuring more efficient use of floor space and available U space to match the IT demands of the healthcare sector.