As a result of the pandemic, telehealth and digital healthcare mediums have become commonplace, and healthcare facilities now face the task of fulfilling these emerging consumer demands while still balancing the emotional distancing needs in many instances. New operating models are needed, and a multi-cloud architecture will support, as Chris Logan, Executive Healthcare Advisor at VMware, describes.
“Instead of going cloud-first,” Logan advises, “healthcare organizations should find a proper cloud fit—one that comes from a multi-cloud approach customized to them.” “The multi-cloud approach has several advantages: On the back end, cloud vendors also provide a wide range of microservices, including long-term storage, artificial intelligence, and deep learning. Healthcare organizations can hold prices down by putting their money into options that have the highest value by using many suppliers.”
This infrastructure will also aid in the delivery of efficiencies. At the start of the COVID-19 onslaught, Sentara Healthcare, a not-for-profit healthcare organization, increased its focus on multi-cloud. They used the multi-cloud to build an overnight pop-up hospital to satisfy incoming demand almost instantly, among other technologies and changes.
Moving towards the multi-cloud approach
Moving to this model doesn’t have to be difficult; providers just need to understand their goals and decide which applications are most important to their business. “Providers can use one cloud vendor for apps and workloads and a different cloud vendor for their database,” Logan says. “For others, it could be the most cost-effective option. Others are doing so because a cloud provider offers a proprietary app that the company finds mission critical.
“Providers will collaborate with these cloud suppliers to begin migrating parts of their systems to the different clouds until they have a fit. Healthcare companies should take advantage of the multi-cloud solution because it puts the pressure of providing expertise on vendors. Providers can also look at opportunities to make managing their multi-cloud architecture’s regular activities easier. If performed incorrectly, multi-cloud can be complicated and take large IT capital.”
“Managing legacy systems against new technologies is the biggest challenge.” Healthcare organizations also want a fresh start in the cloud. However, the truth is typically more complicated, with on-prem and off-prem applications and records, as well as new technologies coexisting with legacy systems.