You’ve often heard this: “There’s IT, and then there’s healthcare IT.” No other industry approaches the demanding requirements on applications, security and data access like healthcare’s organized chaos.
Add to that chaos the nature of the industry. Unlike in virtually every other industry, when healthcare IT fails, patient lives hang in the balance. Failures can be caused by classic service outages, but they can also be due to issues as simple as logon performance or application slowdowns. With patient records digitized inside EMR applications, a simple network hiccup during a Code Blue incident can mean the difference between life and death.
As a result, healthcare IT has been forced to ride the line between bleeding-edge technology implementer and cautious maintainer of ancient-but-functioning equipment. Look at trends in other industries, though, and you’ll see big shifts in how applications get delivered to users. The traditional desktop computer is being replaced by thin clients, zero clients, tablets and ultra-thin laptops, among others. Ownership of that equipment is also changing: the Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) movement professes to offer improved data access without diminished security.
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