Five Benefits of Agile IT as a Service (ITaaS)

Healthcare is undergoing a transformational shift. Advances in medicine, increased patient engagement and changes in reimbursement models have resulted in the need for healthcare providers to adopt patient-centric models of care. Essential to building and supporting these new models is an agile and flexible IT infrastructure, which enhances decision making through access to better information and improves coordination across the healthcare ecosystem.

Below are five benefits organizations can realize by adopting Agile ITaaS:

1. Flexibility

Under old models, as much as 80% of IT budgets are spent simply “keeping the lights on.” By contrast, an agile model allows organizations to simplify and standardize the user environment and rapidly build efficient systems, technologies, service delivery methods and consumption models geared to the needs of the business partners and patients. The result is an efficient delivery model optimized for clinical and business flexibility.

2. Interoperability

One of the biggest challenges healthcare organizations face is sharing data effectively, securely and ethically. By creating an agile health environment, organizations improve interoperability and collaboration across internal operations and better engage the broader healthcare ecosystem.

3. Optimization

As new technologies are brought into healthcare organizations, IT departments must adopt an agile model that makes the best use of the talent they have. Leveraging trusted service providers to manage legacy applications and other tactical activities required to run the business allows skilled IT teams to be repositioned to focus on delivering clinical value and enabling strategic business change.

4. Security

Securing electronic health records (EHRs) and other applications is challenging but critical for a service that deals with sensitive data and is as highly regulated as healthcare. An agile approach means moving health-related data to a trusted hybrid cloud, which can reduce cost, while providing a secure and largely automated environment that enables safe and efficient movement of business and clinical workloads between internal and external resources.

5. Value

An agile approach helps organizations drive efficiency and innovation for the business and use existing and new IT investments to improve care delivery by integrating clinical legacy data into a real-time clinical data archival solution that gives clinicians access to critical patient care information within the EHR.

As the global landscape continues to evolve, you need a forward-looking agile approach to health IT strategy and operations that puts information into the hands of clinicians, administrators and patients, while streamlining processes and systems is crucial.

 

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