How Healthcare CIOs Can Transform Storage and Deliver Value

Jan 18, 2017

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.

Healthcare organizations need a storage strategy to keep up. This is especially true given that a large part of that unstructured data happens to be in the form of physician notes, registration forms, discharge summaries, phone calls, documents, and more.

Whichever storage strategy you choose should allow healthcare staff to quickly access the information needed to enhance patient insight and improve care. Your storage strategy will need to adhere to compliance with HIPAA and HITECH. It should also include scalability, as medical literature is doubling every 5 years, making it difficult for clinicians to remain up-to-date with the latest scientific information.

IBM Spectrum Storage Reins in Control of Unstructured Data

One storage solution that can meet these demands and more is IBM Spectrum Storage. This software-defined storage (SDS) solution can help you manage and simplify retrieval of your ever-growing data while helping you retain adherence to strict regulations for healthcare records retention.

Simplify, Virtualize, and Automate Storage Services

Built using technologies proven in over 50,000 customer deployments, IBM Spectrum Storage is the number one SDS provider (based on IBM analysis of IDC quarterly data). Spectrum Storage reduces complexity and administration burdens on your under-resourced IT team. It simplifies, virtualizes, and automates storage services and improves your existing storage utilization, as well as eases data migration between storage systems and storage tiers.

IBM Spectrum Storage capabilities include:

  • Storage and device management
  • Storage infrastructure
  • Storage management and control
  • Storage replication
  • Data archiving
  • Data protection and recovery
  • Data virtualization
  • Scalability and acceleration

Spectrum Storage has increasingly become the answer to the rapidly-growing data loads that many hospitals and medical facilities are experiencing. It reduces operating costs on hardware by creating a virtualized network of storage resources. These resources complement and transform your existing infrastructure by separating the control and management software from the underlying IT environment. It enables control of storage networks by tying together large pools of storage resources that can appear as one virtual entity. That means fewer dedicated storage arrays and lower investment in storage hardware.

Get Support for Healthcare Big Data

In your search to unlock more value from healthcare data, any big data strategy you adopt must include cloud storage and disk arrays. You can effectively manage these massive data stores through Spectrum Storage and network virtualization.

Part of the IBM Spectrum Storage family is Spectrum Control, which is based on IBM Tivoli Storage Productivity Center. Spectrum Control enables analytics-driven data and storage management by abstracting the data from the actual storage hardware. Then, it creates a virtual representation of physical storage so it’s easier to configure access to big data resources.

There’s a lot more to the Spectrum Storage family. Spectrum Protect offers complete data protection, and Spectrum Accelerate rapidly delivers data across your organization, to the doctors and nurses who need it.

PEAK Resources would be happy to discuss how IBM Spectrum Storage can help you manage, control, and orchestrate your biggest storage challenges. Get a storage solution that’s flexible, scalable, and cost-efficient with your existing IT infrastructure and start using patient data in real time to achieve better outcomes.