Foreign News Headlines] Five years later, will the hospital data center disappear?



Executives of well-known medical institutions predict a huge shift: from local IT infrastructure to the cloud. This includes electronic health records, clinical decision support and data analysis.

Richard Stroup of the Children's Charity Hospital of Kansas City said that the future data center will have very few on-site employees.

Whenever the Carolinas HealthCare System discards servers or storage hardware, the IT department staff will follow the rules. They will put an X shape on the floor, saying: Don't put new hardware here.

Craig Richardville, Chief Information and Analysis Officer of Carolinas, said: "In the past, I was proud of my data center, but now I can't wait to get rid of this data center." Other medical executives have similar ideas.  Dr. John Halamka , CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center) is one of them. Halamka said: "I predict that in five years, none of us will have a data center. We will go to the cloud to find electronic health records (EHR), clinical decision support and data analysis."

Already changing

Some aggressive medical institutions and payers have benefited from cloud hosting, such as the Medicare and Medicaid Service Center, and the Kansas City Children’s Charity Hospital. Jessica Kahn, director of the data and systems department of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said the center has built a cloud-based analysis platform, which has saved $5 million in infrastructure expenditures.

Richard Stroup, director of information at the Children's Charity Hospital, said that the Children's Charity Hospital uses cloud services to host applications and data to facilitate tracking of high-risk pediatric patients after they are discharged from the hospital, which actually saved the lives of these patients. In addition, Stroup said that other children's medical institutions can also share services through the cloud. Currently, Seattle Children's Hospital and Cincinnati Children's Hospital are already using this service.

History repeats itself

Extensive migration to the cloud is not a new concept. In fact, in 2003, Nicholas Carr wrote an article entitled "IT Is No Longer Important" in the Harvard Business Review magazine, throwing out the view that IT will be commercialized, which caused an uproar in the field of enterprise technology, but At that time, few people in the medical industry might notice.

Carr wrote at the time: "A series of widely adopted technologies have reshaped industry in the past two centuries, from steam engines and railways to telegraphs and telephones to generators and internal combustion engines. IT is considered the latest technological trend. During the period, because they are integrated into the business infrastructure, these technologies have brought a golden opportunity for forward-looking companies to rise. However, as IT has become ubiquitous, the penetration rate has increased and the cost has been reduced, and they have become commercial inputs. From a strategic point of view, they become invisible and they are no longer important."


风险管理供应商Verge Health的首席解决方案官James Lawson表示,医疗行业也出现了一场类似的转变。