NetApp streamlines, simplifies, speeds access to critical data for global healthcare users


NetApp announced this week that it now serves 63 percent of the top 140 hospitals in the United States. Dave Nesvisky, NetApp’s healthcare executive director, predicts that in 2018, machine learning, artificial intelligence, mobility, cloud access, wearables and the Internet of Things (IoT) will continue to disrupt and drive digital transformation of the healthcare industry.

As one of the few data management companies with a dedicated healthcare solutions team, NetApp is uniquely positioned to assist healthcare organizations in unleashing the full potential of their data to drive down costs and improve patient care.

With NetApp technology, healthcare organizations can streamline access to critical data; reduce electronic health record (EHR) latency; and leverage data across departments, facilities, and institutions to provide insights and ultimately enhance care. NetApp solutions provide secure access to critical information, so customers can quickly accelerate workloads and analytics and can integrate cloud data services with industry-leading simplicity and efficiency.  

To further underscore its commitment to the healthcare market, NetApp made a series of important announcements in 2017 designed to improve application performance, simplify medical image management, offer a higher-performance infrastructure for machine learning, and back up to cloud with a single, unified operating system for all hospital applications, both enterprise and clinical.

These announcements include NetApp ONTAP 9.3 enhancements of 40 percent higher performance and 30 percent greater data efficiency, along with expanded security features—without forklift migrations. Future support for Microsoft Azure-integrated NFS as a service (NFSaaS) will extend data services into the cloud.

“Now even the most demanding healthcare applications have a choice in hybrid cloud deployments while maintaining the data management power of the NetApp infrastructure,” said NetApp Principal Flash Architect Andy Grimes. “This represents a significant opportunity for healthcare providers and payers to get the most out of the data that they collect, secure, and manage.”

NetApp HCI can help healthcare organizations streamline access to critical data and unify data management to deliver simple and secure access to information, without downtime. Dedicated to helping customers unlock the value of their data, NetApp Healthcare looks forward to driving the digital transformation of hospitals, urgent-care facilities, rehabilitation centers, specialty groups, radiology clinics, psychiatric hospitals, critical-care organizations, and surgery centers worldwide in 2018.

“The question is no longer if you’ll need your data, it’s how you are storing, securing and accessing your data to improve outcomes, make clinical discoveries, and save lives,” said Nesvisky. “Healthcare organizations that modernize their infrastructure will quickly leapfrog competitors, provide superior care, and improve outcomes as a direct result of increased performance, flexibility, scalability, automation, and integration into a single Data Fabric.”

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