Q&A with Tom Foley, Lenovo Global Health Solutions Strategy Manager, PCG Industry Solutions

Q: How are healthcare organizations innovating in the data center?

A: They’re really starting to embrace cloud. In the past year I’ve seen a measurable increase in the adoption of cloud technologies, spurred by increased acceptance of the cloud as a secure option and underlying pressure to achieve greater efficiencies while freeing up budget to devote to other strategic initiatives.

Q: How does this uptick in cloud adoption make the adoption of other innovative technologies possible?

A: The cloud really provides the ability to better scale the infrastructure in a cost-effective and, in many cases, more secure manner. This, in turn, ensures performance and improves flexibility — allowing healthcare organizations to do more with less. This effort will permit greater focus on other strategic initiatives centered on care coordination, such as mobility, population health management, analytics, patient engagement and the medical home — all very important as the market shifts to an accountable care model inclusive of a new value-based reimbursement system.

Q: How does this support patient-centric care?

A: Meaningful use Stage 2 was a big driver behind getting patients and clinicians alike to share health information. mHealth and mobility in general have extended that to tie ancillary health data into the overall patient record, which supports population management.

At its heart, population health initiatives are about access to a broad base of information relative to the community of care servicing a particular patient. The data center/cloud securely stores this data in a central clinical data repository. The ability of the patient and the clinical care team to securely share this same information further facilitates the coordination of care across the different settings of care. This also facilitates a shift to a proactive versus reactive engagement model.

About Tom Foley

Tom has 25-plus years of information technology expertise, 15 of which have been in the healthcare market. He is well versed on meaningful use regulatory requirements, interoperability, patient engagement and population health initiatives — including health information exchanges.

This article first appeared in the Summer 2015 issue of Health Tech Report.

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