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How IBM POWER Helps Electronic Medical Records Fight Cancer

In our last blog, we explored the ways predictive analytics expand the use of Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) by using them to forecast trends that affect the health of both individual patients and whole communities. However, use of predictive analytics is only the beginning to gaining insights from the data contained in EMRs. 

Cognitive analytics has opened new doors by enabling healthcare providers to use machine learning and natural language processing to further unlock the disease-fighting potentials of EMRs. These advanced insights serve as weapons in the war against cancer.

Why Cognitive Analytics Are Needed

According to IBM, each patient generates 1 million gigabytes of health data, the equivalent of 300 million books. Without the data storage capacity of IBM POWER, healthcare providers struggle to store and process these vast volumes of data.

Not only is the volume of medical data overwhelming, but most doctor’s notes and scans are unstructured within the system. The natural language processing enabled by cognitive analytics draws associations between textual references so conclusions can be drawn. Cognitive analytics also construes images taken from MRIs, colonoscopies, and other tools used to detect potential conditions, like cancerous tumors.

Topics: Healthcare Storage

5 Uses for Electronic Medical Records Analytics

Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) are a life-saving resource for healthcare providers. In an emergency, whether in the field or at a hospital or medical center, EMTs and doctors have access to a patient’s medical records instantly. When healthcare providers have a full picture of a patient’s past surgeries, current medications, etc., they can make quick and informed decisions about immediate patient care.

Data analytics can take using EMRs to the next level. This tactic enables an enterprise-wide comparison view of consistent data from many sources. By applying algorithms to EMR data, healthcare providers can forecast trends in the health of individual patients and entire populations for a more proactive approach to preventative medicine.

Here are 5 ways predictive analytics can be applied to EMRs:

Topics: Healthcare Storage

Increasing EMR Scale Helps Little Guys, Improves Patient Care

Healthcare legislation has been pushing the implementation of Electronic Medical Records (EMRs), sometimes also referred to as Electronic Health Records (EHRs). The benefits of EMRs include greater patient access to healthcare information, error reduction, and stronger reporting capabilities for compliance audits.

HIPAA and the Affordable Care Act encourage healthcare providers to adopt EMRs by offering higher Medicare and Medicaid payouts as incentives. The Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs offer $44,000 in incentives through Medicare and $63,750 through Medicaid.

As attractive as these monetary incentives may be, adoption can be challenging for smaller practices and medical centers due to the cost. Instead of implementing their own systems, smaller practices go to larger hospitals and medical centers for EMR service. When hospitals become 3rd party providers for EMRs, it can become a burden as they struggle to scale to meet the additional demand.

Topics: Power

How Healthcare CIOs Can Transform Storage and Deliver Value

With the adoption of electronic health records and other IT systems, hospitals and healthcare providers have witnessed significant increases in data loads. In fact, an IBM study shows that health organizations are now drowning in data. More than 80% of that data is unstructured, which is data that cannot readily be collected and analyzed using standard methods.

Topics: Healthcare Storage

How Automation Makes Private Cloud Smarter and Your Job Easier

Private cloud adoption is growing. Forrester recently stated the global private cloud solutions market will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.0% between 2016 and 2021.

Companies adopt the private cloud to harness its many benefits. For starters, it can help employees work faster with greater agility. It delivers improved uptime and reliability at a lower cost than traditional IT infrastructures. And it provides the protection of a firewall through existing infrastructure to improve data security. But what really makes private cloud a true work horse is automation.

Below are the top reasons to rethink your IT infrastructure and adopt private cloud computing with automation.

Topics: cloud

How to Evaluate a Cloud Migration Strategy in 3 Easy Steps


If migrating applications to the cloud was easy, all businesses would have done it already. The cloud can deliver numerous benefits. The most impactful ones are cost savings, scalability, and agility.

For example, you can now streamline business operations and enhance office productivity by sending your infrastructure to the cloud, or Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). This allows your IT employees to spend more time focusing on more important business objectives.

Software as a Service (SaaS) has also become a proven platform for companies looking to enter the world of cloud services. Fueled by the influx of applications moving to the cloud, SaaS lowers the cost of entry because you don’t have to buy hardware to host your new applications.

Topics: cloud Cloud Computing Cloud Migration

Reduce Data Center Complexity—NetApp Delivers Strategic Simplicity

Russian hackers have been gaining notoriety in recent months and drawing the attention of business executives in a personal way. It can be tempting to focus on the danger that cybercrime poses to your data center. But another, less obvious threat to your data center deserves equal attention. While not as sexy as combating cyberattacks, battling data center complexity is just as important from a strategic perspective.

Topics: NetApp

Avoid Cloud Vendor Lock-in with ONTAP 9.1

Cloud solutions offer so many compelling benefits that most IT leaders have already made some movement toward the cloud. Those who have not moved yet will likely move soon. Security in the cloud, once a top concern, is no longer a major barrier. If you are working with a top-tier cloud provider such as Amazon, Google, or Microsoft, then basically, as one analyst puts it, “You don’t need to worry about security anymore.”

Topics: NetApp

5 Areas Healthcare Providers Can Improve with Flash Storage

Organizations of all sizes are benefiting from access to massive amounts of data. Customer service is better able to respond to and anticipate customer challenges. Marketing can promote products to the right people at the right time. Operations can reduce inefficiencies and better support the business.

Topics: Flash storage

NetApp Plays a Leading Role in Converged Infrastructure, Too

NetApp recently made a splash in network attached storage (NAS) with ONTAP 9.1’s new hardware platform refresh and software advances. However, NetApp’s solutions for data centers extend beyond NAS. They also provide the top-rated converged infrastructure (CI) solution in partnership with Cisco, NetApp FlexPod. In this article, we will take a closer at FlexPod. 

What’s in FlexPod for You?

Before we dive into the technology, let’s talk about the benefits. Like all CI solutions, FlexPod helps reduce complexity in your data center. Instead of multiple, distinct devices, you get compute, storage, networking, and server virtualization all in the same chassis.

But FlexPod aspires to more than just simplicity. It reduces the TCO for your performance apps and accelerates business outcomes. It does that in part by delivering all-flash CI solutions. Here is what Gartner reports that all-flash gets you:

  • 16% maintenance savings
  • 76% power and cooling cost savings
  • 63% rack space savings
  • 48% simplicity of administration savings

To understand how FlexPod all-flash CI delivers all of these benefits, we have to look at the technology behind it. We will start with the industry trends that are leading to all-flash solutions.

Topics: NetApp