Case Study – Reaching for healthcare IT value in the cloud
|Saturday, 28 April 2012|
Innovative healthcare IT model boosts cost predictability, speed to value, security, availability, and business continuity at South Jersey Healthcare, USA.
South Jersey Healthcare (SJH), in Vineland, New Jersey, USA needed a solution that would help it improve the delivery of care, while maintaining a cost model that would not require extensive capital expenditures. The 421-bed, nonprofit healthcare system migrated its healthcare IT infrastructure to a cloud-based model – in which it accesses healthcare IT solutions from “the cloud” – remotely hosted at Siemens at the Healthcare Computing Center in Malvern, Pennsylvania, USA.
Cost control, speed, security, availability, continuity The decision to adopt the cloud-based model was based on the health system’s requirements for cost predictability; speed to value; and medical-grade security, availability, and business continuity. For chief financial officer John DiAngelo, the Siemens cloud computing model addressed all of the above.
Seamless transition SJH went live on its cloud implementation of Soarian® Clinicals in 2008. Other components of the solution, including Soarian Financials, Med Administration Check™, Soarian Scheduling, and Clinical Team, followed soon after. According to SJH chief information officer Tom Pacek, as more of the solution went live, clinicians were amazed by the interoperability between the various modules.¹ Our data needs to be available 24/7 The cloud model has helped the organization to grow its capabilities without adding personnel. Remote automation of software upgrades helps equip SJH with the newest functionality – including capabilities needed to comply with new and changing regulations. Perhaps most important, however, is the impact on application availability.
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