Balancing Health IT Infrastructure Budget with Innovation

Elizabeth O'Dowd | July 26, 2018

Balancing Health IT Infrastructure Budget with Innovation
Organizations are often caught between a rock and a hard place when it comes to balancing a health IT infrastructure budget. Recent technological innovations can improve clinician workflow, patient care, and business revenue, but proving that certain infrastructure additions or upgrades are needed can be a hard sell, especially with shrinking IT budgets. Improving IT infrastructure goes hand and hand with value-based care. Cutting cost while improving patient care and reducing return visits is a balancing act. Value-based care is the number one driver of health IT growth, with data and analytics as the biggest spend category, according a Damonintel report. The increasing focus on AI and cognitive computing in unlocking insights to drive improved healthcare delivery is key in data and analytics spending. Organizations that do not construct a solid and buildable infrastructure foundation will never be able to take advantage of advanced layers of technology, including analytics and artificial intelligence. The big picture of upgrading a health IT infrastructure system is daunting. Many IT infrastructure tools can have high upfront costs. Building and repurposing digital tools and applications to make them compatible with mobile devices and flexible enough to handle future interoperability can be expensive and time consuming. Viewing an entire IT infrastructure as one project is also overwhelming. Grouping network, storage, cloud, and virtualization together can make it impossible to know where to start upgrading and shield smaller and more accessible problems from view. Not planning for an infrastructure upgrade can lead to wasted time on projects that are not as urgent and purchasing the wrong tools.

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