Modernizing IT Infrastructure: New Digital Health Most Wired Report Released

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By CereCore Media Coverage | Apr 21, 2023

2 minute read Technology| CereCore News

The Digital Health Most Wired (DHMW) program of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) recently released an Infrastructure focused report: Digital Health Most Wired Infrastructure Report: Modernizing IT Infrastructure for Untethered Healthcare.

This trend report examines more closely the data cited in the Infrastructure section of the 2022 DHMW Survey Report, and includes additional insights from CereCore leaders Peyman Zand, chief strategy officer; Clay Posey, assistant vice president of technical services; and Lorren Pettit, vice president of digital health analytics (DHA) for CHIME. 

Health IT leaders understand the critical importance of having a solid IT infrastructure in place. According to the 2022 DHMW Survey Report, 80% of those surveyed deemed “infrastructure” an essential or high priority to support new digital health technology. The pandemic pushed healthcare organizations to accelerate their use of patient portal, mobile point-of-care devices, and single sign-on to name a few. 

Now as the dust settles from the pandemic, it’s time to take a look at the health, stability, and future of the modern IT infrastructure in order to keep pace with emerging digital health trends. 

The Digital Health Most Wired Infrastructure Report: Modernizing IT Infrastructure for Untethered Healthcare addresses these topics: 

  • Cloud migration is an example of digital progress that occurred during the pandemic to speed access to health IT. The idea of “care anywhere” is being made possible by the increase in cloud migrations and wireless capabilities. 
  • Wireless capability needs continue to grow as the list of technologies used in a hospital expands to include patient care solutions. Technology requiring wireless capabilities are looking to help prevent patient falls and elopement as Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia continue to increase.
  • Single sign-on is a workflow technology that has been in use for decades and now single sign-on using biometrics like a fingerprint is on the scene. But, will biometrics be more difficult for clinical staff who often don masks and gloves?
  • Wearables and voice activated devices may be the next big hurdle for health systems and patient privacy, especially as employees begin using them more often. Clay Posey brings up the concern that allowing employees to use their devices could create support calls if (or when) they can’t get on the facility network. 

Making sure your IT infrastructure runs like a well-oiled machine that’s always available is what’s expected. Now more than ever, it’s necessary to have the right expertise and resources in place to deliver. Patient safety and the delivery of quality patient care depend on it. 

Check out the full report and more 

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