IBM Solutions for Healthcare

Powerful, secure, and highly available infrastructure designed to process massive volumes of data instantly.

EMR on IBM Power Systems

Electronic Medical Record (EMR) solutions require high availability, strong security, exceptional performance, and the ability to deliver an exceptional user experience. That is why IBM developed Power Systems Solutions for Healthcare and Life Sciences.

IBM Power Systems are the most reliable servers on the market. They run the secure and proven AIX operating system. They are built on the advanced, open source POWER processor that delivers up to 35% more compute power on enterprise EMR applications, such as Epic.

The POWER8 processor provides many benefits to EMR applications compared to Intel, including:

  • 3X the performance
  • 4X threads per core
  • 4X memory bandwidth
  • 2X more cache


Complete, End-to-End Healthcare Solutions

When you deploy your EMR system optimized for IBM Power Systems with advanced IBM Flash Storage, you have the most reliable, secure, and powerful combination in the industry.

Take a minute to watch this video to see how your healthcare organization can benefit from IBM infrastructure.

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Why Is Flash Adoption Growing in the Enterprise?

Organizations are looking to adopt technologies to empower their business. Analytics, cloud, mobile, and social are no longer luxuries. They are basic business requirements.

A key challenge to implementing these applications is performance. Flash enables your IT department to support these applications while reducing your storage footprint and improving security.

Flash Storage for Analytics

The ability to analyze massive data sets in real-time takes more than faster processors. Accessing all of the data required creates a bottleneck for analytics. That is why there has been broad adoption of in-memory databases. But running large server pools that are packed with RAM is expensive and can create major server sprawl as the amount of data increases.

Flash can help address this problem. Some in-memory solutions such as Spark, Redis, MongoDB, and others can utilize flash as virtual memory. Imagine providing your database and application development teams with servers that can access 40TB of flash that acts like RAM.

Flash Storage for Cloud

Deploying private cloud solutions or hybrid environments where you move workloads between your data center and cloud providers brings scalability and agility. But your underlying hardware must be able to support it. Your cloud solutions need to be responsive.

Flash can be the ideal platform as you transition to a cloud-based infrastructure. You can remove data access bottlenecks at the storage level by moving to high-performance flash storage. It can compensate for performance degradation resulting from network bandwidth constraints and long-distance data connections.

Flash Storage for Mobile and Social

As users become more mobile, responsive applications are critical to keeping them happy. Mobile users are now accustomed to instant, anywhere, anytime access to applications and data. They will move away from mobile or social applications that do not perform as expected.

As with cloud, flash storage can be the key to providing that performance. High-performance flash storage can help compensate for other factors that affect performance, including network bandwidth issues and long data connections.

Flash Storage to Reduce Storage Requirements 

The amount of data that we store keeps growing. With traditional data storage hardware, we would add more disks to keep up with data growth. Not only will this expanding storage environment drive up costs through hardware acquisition, but it will also increase management complexity.

The performance benefits of flash can be used to implement real-time, in-line data compression. Depending on your data, you could reduce your storage requirements by up to 80%. Save money on hardware, reduce management complexity, and lower the costs associated with operating large pools of storage.

Flash Storage to Enable Security 

Your data is one of the most valuable assets that your organization owns. It could also be under attack. Every week, another headline pops up about a large company suffering a data breach that compromised thousands or millions of records. Encryption is a common security tactic. But with spinning disks, encryption adds processing overhead that destroys performance.

The speed of flash storage can enable your organization to encrypt all of your data. Flash storage OEMs, like IBM, are adding processing units to their storage systems to offload encryption and compression from the processor completely.

Hospital Healthcare Flash Use Case

Doctor

Consider the doctor as your user. He is working in the hospital’s application. Every time he sees a patient, he accesses their data, during which he experiences a lag of 5 seconds.

Then, he wants to do take advantage of analytics on that data—but that takes 50 minutes to calculate. This causes the patient to have to return for another appointment.

If he moves to IBM FlashSystem, he can eliminate those wait times. He has instant access to patient data, can perform advanced analytics on that data, and can provide the patient their diagnoses in the same visit.

Administrator

Think of the hospital administrator as your user. She has to juggle the needs of the hospital, including HIPAA compliance, security requirements, and a disaster recovery plan. Currently, those capabilities are built on large pools of spinning disks.

If she introduces IBM FlashSystem, she can reduce the storage space needed by up to 80% while also improving performance. She also has the ability to encrypt all of the sensitive data that she is responsible for, which dramatically increases the security of patient data.

Watch the Video

Check out this entertaining video that visually explains the benefits of IBM FlashSystem for hospitals.