Who remembers the old days of visiting your physician, eye doctor, or dentist? Before desktop computers and electronic records, we used to have the files faxed or even snail-mailed from your physician to your specialist, and office administrators actually called you on the phone to remind you about your appointment or gave you those wallet card reminders. Nowadays, when you visit a healthcare facility, your doctor or specialist has your medical history records right at their fingertips. You can logon to your patient portal from home to review test results. And you probably get text messages or automated voice appointment reminders.
These are just a few examples of the convenient service that Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems bring to both patients and healthcare providers. EHR software providers, like Epic, have made the communication between patient and doctor much richer and seamless than ever before, with new innovations that automate many aspects of healthcare. Because of its importance to modern day healthcare, organizations need EHR software that is efficient, scalable, and manageable and need a platform for deploying the software that allows for this flexibility.
EHR deployments are often the single largest IT investment made by a healthcare organization. In order to provide a great end-user experience, organizations leveraging Epic need an efficient and reliable infrastructure to support it. With EHRs impacting patient care and nearly every aspect of the business, healthcare IT leaders need to accommodate demands in high-performance and availability. The supporting infrastructure also needs to be able to deliver patient-centric and wellness services to clients, all while reducing the complexity associated with managing the infrastructure and the overall total cost of ownership. As a result of these stringent requirements, hospitals and healthcare organizations are increasingly turning to new, more modern approaches to their enterprise-wide healthcare IT infrastructure.
In particular, healthcare establishments across the globe are turning to hyperconverged infrastructure to address data growth, new technologies, and the changing dynamics of their patients and providers. As a recognized market leader in hyperconvergence, SimpliVity aids in the deployment and management of Epic Hyperspace – Epic’s client application.
SimpliVity provides a reliable and easily manageable platform that positively impacts the quality of patient care:
- Scale-out architecture: SimpliVity provides a common infrastructure core for any workload enabling IT to match demand affordably with linear scale-out and flexibility.
- Proven, powerful VDI platform: SimpliVity delivers performance, scalability, and availability for virtual desktop computing and SimpliVity’s integration with Citrix XenApp and VMware Horizon View allows healthcare client applications like Epic Hyperspace to run on top of OmniStack.
- Management efficiency: SimpliVity’s VM-centric management and mobility enables the quick delivery of new services to the business with predictable performance for end-users and enterprise class resilience.
- Risk mitigation: SimpliVity’s built-in resiliency, backup, and disaster recovery ensures that recovery point and recovery time objectives are met while ensuring strict compliance with disaster recovery and business continuity regulations by producing well documented and fully validated disaster recovery plans.
Testing was conducted for Epic Hyperspace on SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure in a VDI environment, where two environments were tested – VMware Horizon View, using traditional desktops, and Citrix XenApp (both SimpliVity and Epic felt they are most common use cases in production). For VMware View RDSH and Citrix XenDesktop environments performance and user experience can be expected to be similar.
The testing demonstrates that SimpliVity provides an excellent platform for Epic Hyperspace in a VDI environment:
- Agnostic to the VDI technology used
- Linear scale in resource as more users are added
- Response time and KPI’s aligned with benchmarks established by Epic
SimpliVity is listed in the Epic’s Storage Products and Technology Status document, and is well aligned with performance requirements of Epic Hyperspace to provide excellent end user experience for Epic and SimpliVity customers.