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Vizioncore Virtualization Review Survey Confirms Virtualization Infrastructure Investments Power Major Improvements in Healthcare

The vast majority of global healthcare organizations are making important investments in virtualization infrastructure that are having a profound, positive effect on the quality of services delivered by their IT organizations, according to a new Vizioncore Virtualization Review (VVR) survey. These investments have allowed healthcare organizations to more quickly implement new technologies and lower hardware acquisition costs, among other key benefits, according to the survey of healthcare IT professionals conducted by Vizioncore Inc. earlier this year. Vizioncore is the market leader in server virtualization management solutions that help organizations safeguard and optimize their virtualized environments and maximize ROI.

"This survey confirms that virtualization is a vital component of healthcare IT infrastructure, and that it has dramatically improved services provided to patients and customers," said Chris Akerberg, President and Chief Operating Officer, Vizioncore. "With 93 percent of survey participants indicating their organizations are making further virtualization investments in 2008, and with 93 percent saying that those investments have had a direct, positive impact on IT service quality, virtualization is more than a trend in healthcare -- it is a key strategy for improving patient care."

Primary Drivers, Business Benefits
 
The VVR survey asked healthcare IT professionals to identify all of the primary drivers for server virtualization investments in 2008. The need to improve aging IT infrastructure was the biggest factor selected, at 78 percent, followed by backup and recovery at 71 percent, and business continuity at 65 percent. Much further down the list was the ability to implement new patient-centric technologies (15 percent) and HIMSS/compliance requirements (3 percent).
 
Chris Wolf, senior analyst for Burton Group Data Center Strategies, Midvale, Utah, explains a key reason for virtualization infrastructure's rapid advance into healthcare IT operations. "The primary goal of healthcare organizations must be to deliver the highest quality patient care. This agenda requires that these organizations are able to utilize the latest healthcare applications, such as PACS, EMR and CPOE. Virtualization can help healthcare organizations seamlessly deliver these applications, creating end-user confidence in them and, ultimately, higher patient satisfaction. As healthcare organizations move to provide more critical, cutting edge clinical technologies, virtualization will increasingly be the backbone of the technology delivery system."
 
The survey also asked what IT and business benefits companies had experienced from virtualization investments. The most important factor, according to respondents, was faster implementation of new technologies, selected by 84 percent. Lower hardware acquisition cost was the second most important factor, at 77 percent, followed by cost reduction/lower total cost of ownership (72 percent); lower energy costs (61 percent); and greater service quality (42 percent). An improved ability to support remote operations was cited as a benefit by 29 percent of respondents.
 
Vital Patient Benefits
 
The patients and customers of healthcare organizations also benefit from virtualization investments in many different ways according to the VVR survey. Secure access to patient information was the most important benefit cited by respondents, at 38 percent; followed by anywhere, anytime access to critical patient information at 34 percent; increased health care professional face time with patients at 18 percent; and easier bedside access to patient records at 16 percent. An "all other benefits" category was cited by 41 percent of respondents.
Moving forward, virtualization technologies will continue to play a vital role in healthcare IT spending," added Akerberg. "The Vizioncore Virtualization Review survey clearly indicates robust IT investment plans in 2009 for advanced healthcare virtualization technology." According to the VVR survey, 14 percent of respondents said that more than 20 percent of their organization's IT spending in 2009 will be focused on virtualization technologies, while 28 percent indicated spending would range between 11 and 20 percent. About 40 percent said spending would be from 5 to 10 percent of their IT budgets, and the remaining 18 percent indicated the spending range would be 1 to 4 percent.
 
About the Vizioncore Virtualization Review(TM) (VVR(TM))
 
The Vizioncore Virtualization Review is a quarterly survey designed to understand the market demand and usage of virtualization technologies on a global basis. The survey is sent to approximately 1,000 companies who have invested in virtualization solutions. Survey results are posted on the Vizioncore website. For more information on the VVR survey and to download a copy of the VVR Survey Industry Brief titled "Healthcare organizations look to virtualization technologies to drive major IT improvements and deliver mission-critical services", please visit http://www.vizioncore.com/articles/IndustryBriefs/HealthcareStudyIB.pdf.
Published Tuesday, October 28, 2008 7:44 AM by David Marshall
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