Read It: Utilizing a cloud-based open source solution can mean big savings for healthcare providers

Digital healthcare is driving improvements in patient care. But when you deliver digital healthcare on an open-source and cloud-enabled foundation, there’s opportunity for even more improvements, with innovation and cost efficiencies in the mix.

My colleague Gregory Mezo recently wrote an IT infrastructure feature in the June/July publication of “Canadian Healthcare Technology,” about this, noting that “every major cloud service today is underpinned by open source projects.”

In his article, Gregory shares insight into how Red Hat and Mindful Experience, a managed service provider, regularly collaborate on healthcare infrastructure projects to reduce costs, particularly in the areas of information integration and mobile application development and delivery.

And the cost savings can be substantial. According to the article, when companies use Red Hat software coupled with managed services from third parties, they can achieve up to 75 percent savings when compared with the traditional infrastructure that existed previously.

Using an open source model can be a game-changer. The cloud-based subscription model for software-as-a-service (SAAS) and platform-as-a-service (PAAS) can change the price equation by removing the huge up-front licensing and technology purchases. By utilizing the benefits of an open infrastructure, such as innovation and cost savings, healthcare providers can have more resources they can redirect to patient care initiatives.

Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has seen much success with this model. They not only saved money on operations, but redeployed staffers away from maintenance activities and onto new projects. Check out our case study on their successes for more detail on how we achieved these outcomes.

Gregory also highlights the successes experienced by King’s College Hospital Network, which you can read more about in our case study.

Check out Gregory’s article on page 15 of the June/July issue of “Canadian Healthcare Technology,” at www.canhealth.com and let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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