However, healthcare in India is undergoing a transformation. The convergence of technology and healthcare is at the heart of this transformation. For instance, there is increasing convergence of health information and communication technologies that is enabling greater accessibility and availability of healthcare.
The convergence of Technology in Healthcare has impacted healthcare delivery and led to impact at four levels.
- Convergence at Infrastructure Level: providing a robust, reliable, and resilient physical layer across the entire enterprise that brings historically disparate systems together. This includes the structured cabling and wiring infrastructure throughout the facility.
- Convergence at Network Level: bringing historically separate and proprietary systems, such as nurse call, medical telemetry, voice, etc., together on a common network architecture and protocol.
- Convergence at Data Level: by integrating separate and standalone software applications that have been interfaced to a common single database integrated across the many functional areas.
- Convergence at Operational Level: the merging of IT functions and biomedical/ clinical engineering functions and staffs as the distinctions between these two historically separate functions have become increasingly blurred. This has significant cultural implications for healthcare organizations.
Technology in Healthcare is enabling healthcare providers to realize the promise of improved workflow efficiencies, increased patient safety and better care coordination, leading to increased convergence, integration, and interoperability with one another.
Healthcare organizations often have a combination of legacy and new applications running on disparate proprietary networks, which can create interoperability, visibility, and security issues. Such chaos can challenge an organization’s ability to securely access and exchange patient information.
However, healthcare providers face many challenges in their adoption of technology and must strike a difficult balance.
- Support unified wired and wireless communication, patient monitoring systems, real-time collaboration, automated self-service, and on-demand internet access to patient medical and billing information.
- Reduce the complexity and cost burden on IT.
- Ensure privacy of sensitive patient health records.
This problem is especially difficult to solve because most healthcare providers have a combination of legacy and new applications running on disparate proprietary networks which causes 3 main challenges:
Such chaos can make it difficult for IT teams to support real-time and resource intensive solutions such as digital imaging and electronic health records (EHRs) at the point of care, as well as provide telemedicine and other productivity-enhancing technologies that can help improve patient care and address the chronic shortage of healthcare professionals.Multilayer SecurityThe modern application- and service-ready networking architecture is a key element of the converged infrastructure that connects data center server and storage resources – can quickly adapt to changing business requirements, dynamically scaling capacity and provisioning connections to meet application demands “on the fly”.
Comprehensive security from firewall, VPNs at the perimeter to interior protection with threat management, access control, wired and wireless IPS.
Intelligent Resilient Framework
The intelligent and resilient framework technology enables flatter network designs and easier-to-manage infrastructure. Healthcare organizations can create a virtual switching fabric that delivers geographic independence, distributed high availability, resiliency, and millisecond reconvergence across Layer 2 and Layer 3 protocols. This creates a lower cost, stable, fault-tolerant environment that is simpler to provision and maintain.
Converged InfrastructureWith networking solutions as a cornerstone, the converged infrastructure will deliver an architectural blueprint that integrates servers, storage, and networking, eliminating technology silos and freeing up resources to focus more on business innovation.
A powerful, single point of management for your mission-critical, converged network, intelligent resilient framework delivers integrated and modular network management capabilities for advanced, heterogeneous enterprise networks.
Mr. Chaitanya Nandkarni, Head-IT, Novartis Healthcare –>Mr. Prabhu Ram, Principal Consultant-Healthcare Practice, CMR
Dr. Niraj Uttamani, CEO, Cumballa Hill Hospital and Heart Institute
Mr. Niranjan Kumar, CIO, Ganga Ram Hospital
Mr. Suresh Sarojani, CTO, HCL Avitas
Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Bhoi, Head Trauma Center, Emergency Medicine & Additional Professor, AIIMS
Apalak Ghosh, Principal Consultant – Emerging Technologies Research, CMR
Mr. Prabhu Ram, Principal Consultant-Healthcare Practice, CMR