Growing pains aren’t unique to people. Organizations of all types experience them as they attempt to stretch already strained resources to handle increased bandwidth demands. Healthcare may be one of the most impacted industries with the influx of patient-generated health data and the growth of remote outpatient sites.
According to an IDC report, The Digitization of the World From Edge to Core, healthcare data is projected to experience a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 36% through 2025. That’s enough data to fill 12 quadrillion miles worth notebook paper—laid end to end, they would circle the earth 485 billion times! Healthcare organizations are already struggling with how to store, manage, analyze, and secure the immense influx of information from established and ever-emerging technologies including EHR, digital imaging, IoMT, artificial intelligence, telemedicine, and wearables. As the volume continues to grow exponentially, they need a healthy infrastructure that can scale with it.
Even as healthcare technologies churn out data points at lightning speed, they are changing service delivery models, fueling the growth of telemedicine and the development of portable IoT healthcare equipment. These innovations drive down costs and improve the patient-experience, enabling quality healthcare services to be delivered in remote and rural locations and to be brought to the doorsteps of a less-mobile, aging population—as long as healthcare IT organizations find ways to keep up.
While today’s healthcare organizations cannot afford to overprovision, or to buy the capacity now that they know they will need to meet future demand, they do need ways to add that capacity quickly as needed. Like the human body’s skeletal system, their infrastructure must provide scalable, flexible, around-the-clock support and the highest level of protection as data and equipment are added.