Healthcare is undergoing a significant digital transformation which was among the most important topics at this year’s HIMSS. But for most healthcare organizations, finding ways to efficiently and cost-effectively prepare their IT infrastructures to adopt cutting-edge and emerging technologies is daunting. After all, who wants to focus on hyperconverged data centers or cloud technologies when the industry is being transformed to provide a better patient experience and, ultimately, better outcomes?

And that is perhaps the conversation we should be having: not how much to invest in IT but how best to invest in IT with a hyper focus how the investment will impact the quality care of care.

Former Alphabet Executive Chairman and Google CEO Eric Schmidt said as much in his opening keynote. He noted that by focusing on infrastructure, healthcare organizations are simply repeating work that’s already been done by technology experts, like Google and others. Instead, healthcare organizations should focus on innovation that allows clinicians to intervene earlier to improve outcomes and move toward value-based patient care.

Consider that it took 13 years to create a composite map all of the genes of the human genome. When it was finally completed in 2003, it was hailed as a breakthrough. Today, just 15 years later, an individual’s genome can be mapped in about an hour, enabling easier and less costly detection of rare diseases and the ability to link genetic variations with health and illness.

Advanced genomics, precision medicine, artificial intelligence, and more are on the horizon and innovations we can’t even begin to imagine are still to come. But you can start investing in better patient outcomes today:

  • Access Solutions – Caregivers can share ideas, access critical patient data and collaborate on patient care via the cloud to deliver quality, evidence-based healthcare at the point of care.
  • Security – Security specialists can mitigate life-critical disruptions to technologies supporting patient care and ensure both patient and corporate data remain safe and secure.
  • Telehealth – Caregivers can virtually reach patients in outlying areas, and quickly and effectively leverage scarce specialty resources for improved patient satisfaction and outcomes.
  • Digital Imaging – Caregivers can access each patient’s entire image library, regardless of the underlying technology, for a complete, actionable picture of their medical history.

How do you get there? The challenges to achieving better patient outcomes are real:  cost, time, interoperability, and more. But here’s where Logicalis excels. We know how to design a digital health strategy that works for the betterment of your patients, starting with where you are today and your vision for the future.

Transformation cannot happen overnight. It’s an arduous journey that takes healthcare IT to greater levels of innovation that drive improved patient outcomes and support a substantial business change from volume to value. Learn more about Healthcare IT’s Transformation Journey and how Logicalis can support your journey to better patient outcomes.

In the coming months, we’ll explore more from the HIMSS conference, starting with how to implement the latest digital imaging strategies and what the new global Analytics Digital Imaging Adoption Model (DIAM) means for your healthcare organization. Stay tuned…