Health care organizations are experiencing deep changes because of today’s rapidly evolving business environment. They have to simultaneously contend with increasingly complex government and industry regulation as well as emerging technologies.
In addition, they have to adjust their information systems to accommodate new health information exchanges, integrated delivery networks, and changes in how information is collected and used.
In health care, these changes cut deeply, because, in this field, speed, security, and accuracy are paramount. This is where IaaS (Information as a Service) can provide assistance.
Enter Information as a Service
Acronyms flood the realm of technology, just as they do health care. They intersect at IaaS, which can stand for Infrastructure-as-a-Service or Information-as-a-Service—two quite different concepts. Adopting IaaS – that’s the information version – can significantly improve a health care organization’s ability to integrate data from varied sources and systems to provide far more efficient information service across the organization.
IaaS separates information and data from the processes that use them. By placing an orchestration layer between data and applications, IaaS architecture effectively creates a hub that integrates disparate data formats, sources, and applications; it then distributes data as a shared service.
It’s a simplified way to choreograph data management in complex environments, while ensuring all users have real-time access to the same up-to-date and accurate data, regardless of location or format. With IaaS in place, organizations can more easily develop new applications for cloud-based or mobile platforms .
Flexibility and scalability have become operational necessities for all businesses that aspire to meet today’s challenges of information access and management. Agility is equally important in ensuring that health care organizations are prepared to smoothly incorporate future changes. This agility depends on data integration for fast, seamless service delivery.
IaaS can be a particularly valuable tool, because it’s specifically designed to provide flexibility as well as greater reusability and faster response time to both internal and external challenges. In other words, it increases an organization’s agility.
IaaS isn’t new, but many health care organizations are now taking a closer look at this solution. These organizations want to ensure greater IT productivity, service efficiency, and overall flexibility.
They are experiencing a wide range of specific benefits. Some of these include the following:
- Single trusted source of data for workflows.
- Real-time access for all users and information systems to the latest, most accurate data.
- Simplified and streamlined data sharing.
- More efficient IT and business operations.
By looking to IaaS as a solution, health care organizations give themselves the ability to smoothly integrate multiple, changing data sources and applications.