Healthcare providers around the globe are jumping into action and unifying resources to stand up and scale telehealth programs in the fight against COVID-19. What they develop today will serve their institutions and patient populations for years to come.
Recent temporary relaxation of some key restrictions governing telehealth is streamlining immediate adoption. Reimbursement is now at parity, and clinicians have the ability to use new easy-to-access technologies to provide care regardless of the patient setting. Still, there are additional concerns that need to be addressed, from patient identification and tracking, to managing communications between sites, to the impact of remote workers and how they can protect data and meet compliance requirements. Beyond those, the infrastructure requirements for securely delivering data from any location to any device must be addressed.
A doctor can’t accurately diagnose a condition if the image feed freezes or if lab data can’t be shared or retrieved. At the heart of a reliable, robust, and relevant telehealth program is an equally robust and reliable data management infrastructure.
The ability to rapidly scale infrastructure is central to ensuring that clinicians have reliable access to data. Current conditions are testing healthcare IT systems in ways they’ve never experienced. One NetApp customer had 1,500 employees working remotely at the start of the crisis and anticipates that number to grow to 7,000 over the next week. Another went from zero telehealth appointments to 4,500 in 2 weeks. The need to quickly scale infrastructure on demand is incredibly important to these customers.
Lisa Hines is a healthcare CIO on NetApp’s Global Healthcare and Life Sciences Team. Her 25 years of real-world experience in the industry allows her to deliver strategic insights and strategic planning for customers and partners.
Throughout her career, she has led numerous early adopter projects in the healthcare provider space and has participated in statewide collaborative efforts to improve access to high-quality health care, while effectively managing the cost of providing care.
She is an active HIMSS member and has held numerous board positions in her local chapter. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys lake life, kayaking, and standup paddleboarding.