Not a day goes by without healthcare IT being in the news; it’s one of the most rapid areas of technological innovation in the country. As doctors look to improve patient care and administrators look to balance quality of care with cost efficient service delivery while complying with new government mandates, the pressure to innovate in the space are tremendous.

For even the most sophisticated hospital administrators undertaking an IT transformation project without the counsel of a trusted technology partner would be akin to a cardiothoracic surgeon doing a heart transplant blindfolded; while possible, not recommended to achieve a good outcome. However, with a trusted IT partnership in place, tasks that once seemed impossible are suddenly not so daunting and the prognosis for success is outstanding.

This was the situation in which the Brooklyn Hospital in Brooklyn, New York found itself recently. While the hospital is a venerable institution, having treated patients since 1845 and housed in the same building since the year it opened, administrators wanted to make sure that only the hospital’s physical architecture represented its history. Recognizing the need for an enterprise level converged IT infrastructure, administrators were looking for a trusted partner with whom they could initiate a data center modernization program that would enable them to do more with less and that could build an adaptive infrastructure to serve the hospital today as well as open up the possibility for new revenue streams.

Brooklyn Hospital found such a partnership with NetApp and ePlus. Not only did they bring core competency in data storage and management to the table, but they also brought their partnership with Cisco with a prevalidated, preconfigured VMware vSphere on FlexPod Datacenter solution to achieve the administrators’ IT and financial goals. The solution proposed by the team was made up of three parts.

  1. The first part was to remediate internal issues, chief among them to provide a solution that broke down data silos to facilitate the best use of shared and hosted applications and platforms such as messaging and Electronic Health Records (EHR) that could scale over the long term.
  2. Secondly, the solution needed to cement the Brooklyn Hospital’s reputation as a center for collaboration and excellence for researchers.
  3. And, the final goal was to transform IT into a profit center by offering IT as a service to local healthcare providers. While the Brooklyn Hospital would receive compensation for this service the community benefits were top of mind since it would reduce costs and barriers to entry for local healthcare providers into needed IT offerings and improve patient care via data sharing between primary care, critical care, laboratories, and other patient services.

Interested in learning more about the process and outcomes of Brooklyn Hospital’s innovative approach to healthcare IT? You can download a case study here…