IT-as-a-Service could save healthcare organizations billions
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IT-as-a-Service could save healthcare organizations billions

Organizations in all industries are looking to incorporate more advanced IT solutions into their everyday operations, and healthcare is no exception. In today's medical sector, emerging technologies such as electronic health records and telemedicine have required hospitals to think more strategically to meet new legal requirements and patient needs while maintaining control over their budgets.

Significant savings stem from healthcare IT
According to MeriTalk, IT-as-a-service (ITaaS) solutions may provide strong options for healthcare practices that are considering revamping their IT strategies. In a survey of College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) members, MeriTalk discovered that ITaaS adoption could reduce IT costs for medical organizations by 9 percent, which could save American healthcare providers $11 billion over the next three years.

However, the report also revealed that only 22 percent of healthcare IT executives believe that their current IT infrastructure is sufficient to power innovation. At the same time, 99 percent of respondents said that they believe transforming their IT systems can drive down costs while boosting efficiency. To this end, 87 percent are implementing virtualization, 73 percent are working on streamlining IT operations and 48 percent are attempting to centralize IT management.

"An ITaaS framework enables providers to support the pace of change and organizational transformation to meet accountable care goals," said David Dimond, healthcare solutions chief strategist at EMC Corporation. "As IT departments transform their operations to run IT as a service, their role will also transform – from exclusive providers of IT services to brokers of IT services. This shared services infrastructure offers healthcare organizations the opportunity to lower operational costs, restructure costs from capital to operating expenses, improve service levels, and accelerate the deployment of key healthcare applications."

Forbes noted that savings related to more advanced healthcare IT often come from a few primary sources. One major factor is that when physicians' offices use offsite solutions, they no longer need to pay to store in-house hardware infrastructure. This reduces spending on electricity, maintenance and hiring IT professionals. Additionally, the source noted that in terms of reimbursement coding, cloud computing can also raise overall accuracy.

It's important that healthcare providers do all they can to both meet their budgetary needs and support positive outcomes for their patients. With the help of expert virtualization consulting, any medical practice can deploy ITaaS solutions to bring improvements to their organization and the people it serves.