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April 13, 2015

VMWare Healthcare Solutions Growing in Popularity as Organizations Deal with Maze of Compliance Issues

A growing number of healthcare organizations are using VMware’s healthcare solutions to address the complexities of providing care while complying with a seemingly endless list of regulations. IT departments in general have embraced the benefits of cloud and virtualization technology and in the healthcare industry; those benefits are even more compelling.

Palo Alto, California-based VMware, Inc. develops virtualization and policy-driven automation solutions for several industries including education, healthcare, manufacturing, government, retail and finance. According to its website, VMware has more than a half million customers and relationships with more than 55,000 partners.

To describe healthcare IT as complex is the understatement of the century. In the process of treating a patient, detailed and accurate information must be collected each visit and be easy to store and retrieve in the future.

When a patient suffers a serious illness or injury, that person may see several doctors, nurses and therapists who may need access to patient information. A robust system that makes it possible to share this information among different providers is also critical.

Solutions that address these problems alone are not enough. They must also do so in an environment that is heavily regulated. These solutions must comply with HIPAA, HITECH and Sarbanes-Oxley regulations, to name a few.

The complexity of all these regulatory and non-regulatory issues would be costly for a healthcare IT department to manage on its own. With the rising costs of healthcare and the emergence of cloud and virtualization technologies that can save healthcare organizations on costs, it would be hard to justify not using them.

The cloud and virtualization solutions that VMware offers to the healthcare industry make such cost savings possible and are used by several prominent healthcare organizations. Parkland Health & Hospital System, CoxHealth, Nevro Corp. and National Physician Services use VMware cloud or virtualization solutions.

The healthcare industry has become so complex, both from the natural course of conducting business and compliance with numerous regulations. This has made it impractical for most providers to continue to manage their own IT departments the same way they have in the past. Companies like VMware that provide cloud and virtualization will continue to thrive as healthcare providers look to cut costs and simplify their IT

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

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