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Healthcare Organizations Struggle with Unstructured Data—at a Cost!

Healthcare data plays a powerful role in fueling advancements in healthcare today—and it’s growing at an exponential pace. Consider this:

  • Between 2016 – 2018 alone, data managed in the healthcare industry grew by 878%1
  • 30% of all global stored data is from healthcare and life sciences2
  • It takes only 73 days for medical data to double3

The above stats are staggering—in a good way! The proliferation of healthcare data has the power to revolutionize patient care, particularly as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning continue to play an active role in the digitization of healthcare.

But just having the data is not enough; healthcare organizations need to be able to use the data to inform business decisions that fuel these advancements—while supporting regulatory requirements (HIPPA, GDPR, and more). How well a healthcare organization stores, manages, and analyzes the gold mine that is their data can mean the difference between a data-driven organization that thrives and plays a crucial role in medical advancements and one that’s just trying to keep up.

Here’s the problem: while tons of data is being created every day, for most healthcare organizations, that data is unstructured and housed in disparate locations, which makes it very difficult to access and use. In fact, 95% of organizations say they know their data is unstructured—they just don’t know how to address it.4 Their current storage solutions aren’t equipped to manage their disparate workloads across the edge, core and cloud, and without an easy way to find and analyze their data, they are missing out on a tremendous opportunity to use it intelligently to drive business, make discoveries, and deliver better patient care.

As data continues to explode in volume and velocity, healthcare organizations need to consolidate, contain, and connect data from these disparate silos to give practitioners and administrators an easy way to not only access accurate data at a moment’s notice, but to do so while ensuring patient privacy. Meanwhile, IT departments are expected to keep maintenance downtime and the number of outages to a minimum, while protecting the integrity of the data.

So, what’s the proper prescription?

Storage Solutions That Support Innovative Healthcare

The healthcare industry is developing and changing at an incredible rate—and technology has become a driving force. It allows us to leap forward in the way healthcare professionals deliver patient care. That is, if it’s used effectively. By implementing a structured storage environment, the healthcare community can keep up with their growing storage demands—from electronic health records to digital pathology and more—while intelligently supporting operational and patient-related decisions.

At Eastern, we’ll help you find and deploy the right storage solution for your healthcare organization, so you can unlock the power of your data and make a more profound difference in patients’ lives.

To learn more about how Eastern can help you get reliable, high-performing, and cost-effective storage at any scale, contact us here.

1 https://www.dellemc.com/en-us/data-protection/gdpi/index.htm

2 Dell Technologies commission Vanson Bourne for the Global Data Protection Index, which was conducted between September and November 2019.

3 Forbes “The Hospital Will See You Now,” February 11, 2019.

4. https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestechcouncil/2019/09/20/demystifying-data-lakes-for-smbs-leveraging-big-data/?sh=489e4869284d