With more than 3,000 attendees and hundreds of exhibitors, the annual HIMSS World Health IT Conference in Budapest gave EMC the opportunity to talk directly with healthcare IT vendors and customers. At the 2011 conference, EMC's team of healthcare solution specialists spoke with several vendors and conferees and asked one question: "What is the best way to reduce costs and complexity in a healthcare IT infrastructure?" The overwhelming answer was to enable a cloud environment for patient data and to find a solution for managing so-called "big data." A cloud environment for patient data, stated the respondents, also allows healthcare organizations to set up IT as a Service which ultimately reduces IT costs via a pay-as-you-go model and helps coordinate care. Also mentioned - a cloud infrastructure - especially one that can efficiently manage a healthcare organization's big data, provides an economically sustainable business model, and will increase efficiency in the care cycle and help to enable a much desired eHealth shared infrastructure.
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