Answering the Health ICT Challenge: An Optimized Infrastructure

Answering the Health ICT Challenge: An Optimized Infrastructure
The number one challenge facing healthcare providers and public health and social services agencies is delivering higher quality care to more patients and citizens at a lower cost. A major obstacle is that the diverse players in the health ecosystem traditionally run their own applications in silos, with no interconnection among these applications. The result: no integrated view of how patient care and citizen health information is delivered across the health ecosystem.

Information and communications technology (ICT) can lead the industry toward an interconnected health platform by delivering an optimized technology infrastructure that combines traditional, cloud-based, and hybrid computing models. This infrastructure will pull together the disparate parts of the health ecosystem, thereby enabling better care, workforce mobility, and security-enhanced data-delivery models.

The new technology infrastructure will also enable patients and citizens to securely access information to proactively manage their own health.

An optimized infrastructure will provide ICT with a cost-effective way to manage systems and ensure security, compliance, and reliability. This goal is achievable using a common management and development platform that provides common identity and incorporates familiar tools and existing technologies; works across virtually all cloud and non-cloud locations; and incorporates capabilities that are specific to health organizations' concerns.

Through common identity and tools that work across public cloud, private cloud, and hybrid platforms, health organizations have more options than ever for providing data access to patients and care providers while still protecting personal health data.

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