It’s no understatement to say that 2020 will go on record as one of the most challenging years in history for Australian healthcare providers. Already trying to juggle limited resources with the need to meet frontline healthcare expectations while also embracing digital transformation – health IT teams were under immense pressure before this year.
Even for those hospitals and healthcare providers who didn’t deal directly with any COVID-19 patients, the disruption of IT operations and budgets was seismic. As healthcare providers begin to normalise their operations in the wake of the pandemic’s peak, technology teams are now being asked to address new priorities for financial targets while still attempting to maintain operations and deliver on committed initiatives.
The state of play for digital transformation in healthcare
Due to the inherent scale of their operations, and the rigorous safety and compliance measures involved, healthcare providers have been understandably more cautious than other sectors when it comes to their digital transformation programs.
Unlocking the power of patient data is one area where providers have real opportunities to improve healthcare delivery and patient outcomes.
A nationwide program for achieving these objectives is the Australian Government’s National Digital Health Strategy, which was devised to digitise the Australian health system by making it safe, seamless and secure by ensuring:
- high-quality health data is available and can be exchanged securely
- new digital models of care improve accessibility, quality, safety and efficiency
- a thriving digital health industry delivers world-class innovation
Over 80% of respondents to an Australian government survey agreed that digital technology will transform and improve healthcare outcomes for Australia, with access to personal health information using digital technology considered highly important.1
On that trend, digital healthcare delivery has been given an inadvertent shot in the arm by the pandemic. However, some larger health networks struggle to grasp the value of integrated telehealth platforms because they are constrained by legacy infrastructure.
This desire for improved digital health information and delivery must also be balanced against the increasingly sophisticated risk landscape that healthcare organisations operate in today. Evidenced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who earlier this year warned that Australian organisations are increasingly the target of state-based cyber-attacks.2
Not to mention the cost pressure of healthcare transformation. Few people really know what the financial future of healthcare will look like beyond 2020. But with the need to prioritise frontline service delivery, allocating budgets to deliver new and innovative healthcare outcomes can be immensely difficult.
It begs the question: How do you balance the desire for innovation with the need to maintain data security while also coming in on budget?
Enter a new paradigm in digital transformation and investment
Hospitals and healthcare providers now have the ability to pay for on-premise infrastructure through a cloudlike consumption model – offering the flexibility to achieve their digital transformation goals today.
With a suite of on-demand Everything as a Service solution, HPE GreenLake offers a cloudlike subscription model that enables healthcare providers to leverage on-site compute and storage hardware, while only paying for the metered capacity they use each month.
According to Forrester Research3, HPE GreenLake delivers desired outcomes by combining the security and performance of on-premises IT with the flexibility and economic advantages of the cloud to deliver benefits such as:
- Shorten time-to-market for deploying IT projects by 75%
- Reduce CAPEX spend by up to 40%
- Save 60% on professional services/contractor costs
- Improve IT resource productivity by 40%
HPE GreenLake is a suite of preconfigured or customised built-for-purpose solutions, delivering IT outcomes with ready-to-deploy hardware, software, and expertise on-premises in a pay-per-use model. By ensuring that you start with the capacity you need today, GreenLake enables hospitals and healthcare organisations to:
- Scale as user demand changes
- Leverage active capacity management
- Access variable monthly payments based on metered usage
- Unlock services that simplify IT
HPE GreenLake supports a wide and growing range of workloads as a service, including both HPE and partner technologies – with configurations that include compute, storage, private cloud, databases, virtualization, disaster recovery and backup solutions.
As a certified HPE GreenLake partner, Perfekt can help you simplify your IT operations using automated capacity and deployment tools. We can also enable healthcare IT teams to get started quickly using predefined as-a-service configurations.
GreenLake from HPE and Perfekt is the ideal model for preserving cash flow and deploying the IT capacity required for the next generation of healthcare delivery and services.
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