Health IT tip of the day: The value of virtualization

Virtualizing your facility and clinician access to data is more economical and efficient than ever before.

Ananth Balasubramanian, vertical solutions business unit head for Commvault in Tinton Falls, N.J.: The transition from paper-based applications to electronic records, coupled with the rise in mobile device use is requiring hospitals to rethink their IT strategies. Hospitals are now enabling clinicians to access protected health information on multiple devices, seamlessly, at the point of care. The advantages of virtualization and VM lifecycle management cut right to the heart of the industry's overarching goal to improve outcomes by increasing access to data while decreasing costs without compromising PHI security. Recent technological advancements have reduced storage costs and made virtual desktop design and management significantly more customizable and flexible. For these reasons, virtualization is now an attractive option for many hospitals.

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