Is Healthcare Ready for the Public Cloud?

by Deborah Thornton on Sep 26, 2017 4:30:00 AM

It's a common refrain for IT teams: "Do more with less". Few industries feel the acute consequences of constrained resources more deeply than the healthcare industry; after all, lives can be at stake. Healthcare organizations have long been using published apps, if not complete virtual desktops, for years. However, today they face a dual challenge: how to overcome the complexity and high costs of outdated VDI solutions, and what to do with the cloud. For these organizations, where security and privacy concerns are paramount, use of the public cloud has given IT execs pause. 

cloud computing in healthcare.jpgTo be able to "do more with less", healthcare organizations can modernize their legacy app publishing and VDI solutions and employ the public cloud for at least some of their workloads. This allows for more agile organization growth and reduces CapEx and OpEx. Moreover, many healthcare CIOs are arriving at the conclusion that the major public cloud providers can do a better job of securing patient data than their on-premises datacenter infrastructure can provide.  Underscoring this evolving thinking, a HIMSS Analytics 2016 Cloud Survey reported that healthcare organizations are increasingly trusting of cloud platforms with protected health information. Combine stronger security and improved patient care with disaster recovery and compliance benefits, and modern, cloud-native VDI plus public cloud datacenter infrastructure is transformational for healthcare.

In an HIT Infrastructure article published yesterday, "Healthcare Cloud-Based VDI Adoption Reduces Infrastructure Costs" Elizabeth Dowd highlights how Workspot's innovations in VDI architecture plus our industry-first, fixed cost (including Azure!) desktop-as-a-service on Azure (DaaS) solution is delivering significant benefits to healthcare organizations:

  • Moving apps and desktops to the cloud increases security, visibility and control
  • Flat-rate monthly fees that consolidate Workspot VDI services and Microsoft Azure into a single bill simplifies oversight for IT
  • Modern VDI substantially reduces CapEx and OpEx while providing greater IT flexibility to accommodate growth

"Organizations need simplified VDI deployment solutions that drive workplace efficiency and favorable economics,” Enterprise Strategy Group Senior Analyst Mark Bowker said in a statement about Workspot. “These solutions must meet operational demands and the unique challenges many businesses face.”

Essential to the success of deploying a next-generation VDI service on Azure is a trusted partner.  The exclusive Managed Partner relationship that Workspot enjoys with Microsoft includes our Azure Platform Gold Certified and Direct Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) designations. Additionally, our membership in the Microsoft Enterprise Cloud Alliance (ECA) affords Workspot access to Microsoft technology that supports delivery of the best cloud-based VDI solutions available to the healthcare marketplace.

Read Elizabeth's full article at HIT Infrastructure. Then find out more about how Workspot is helping healthcare organizations become more agile and efficient while improving patient care. You can see Workspot Cloud Desktops and Cloud Apps on Azure this week at Microsoft Inspire, booth #1557. Come by and see us!

 

 

 

 

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This post was written by Deborah Thornton