All-Flash Storage and Healthcare How It’s Transformed How We Get Well


Technology has positively impacted and dramatically changed almost every industry, but none quite as much as the healthcare sector. New developments over the past few years have paved the way for some incredible changes in how we treat and manage patients.

One such technology is all-flash.

All-flash storage is proving to be an important breakthrough for the healthcare industry because it allows IT teams to address the demanding requirements of important initiatives such as evidence-based care, electronic health records (EHR), big data analytics, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), regulatory compliance and so much more!

But the healthcare industry is also presented with a unique set of challenges.

89% of healthcare providers say that technology has changed patient expectations; with patients now expecting faster service, persoanlised care, and access and connectivity to their records on mobile devices. But less than one quarter of healthcare leaders say that they are able to meet all of these demands.

In order to bridge this information gap, healthcare leaders say they will need to adopt an enterprise-wide digital mindset. And for most healthcare IT decision makers, the question is not whether to use all-flash storage, but where, when and how to use all-flash arrays most effectively.

This also means that clinicians need to leverage accurate and timely information at the point of care, and empower patients in ways that best reflect the current information-hungry mobile environment.

Leveraging the Benefits of All-Flash

  • Perfomance: all-flash enables clinicians to deal with large sets of critical data at the speed of now. X-rays, MRIs, test results, etc. can be accessed faster with all-flash and this translates into quicker treatment and better patient outcomes.
  • Mixed workloads: all-flash consolidates applications and supports mixed workload environments, which benefits EHR systems by delivering optimum performance and availability including maximum data reduction.
  • Analytics and reporting: making use of next generation predictive analytics through all-flash will empower healthcare providers to outpace their competitors. This can be achieved by deploying all-flash to correlate data in new ways for operational efficiency, patient care delivery, clinical research, population health and security analytics.
  • Desktop virtualization and mobility: this is judged on the amount of time a doctor or nurse has to wait for their VDI instance of the EHR platform to pull up the patient’s treatment information, and all-flash can dramatically decrease this to just 3 seconds!
  • Virtualized applications: all-flash improves performance of applications by presenting the correct data at the point of care without latency, which is essential in mission-critical situations.


The performance and efficiency gains enabled by all-flash arrays are allowing healthcare organizations worldwide to dramatically improve patient outcomes and clinical productivity, because the goal of healthcare today is to deliver at the speed of now! Molina Healthcare in Massachusettes, USA is one such medical provider who has embraced the powers of all-flash.

Chad Sakac, President of Converged Platforms Division of EMC had this to say: “With their decision to leverage all-flash technology, Molina is being forward-looking by continuing to transform its IT operations to develop and deliver services that provide the best possible healthcare experience.”

EMC’s variety of products and services are able to meet the demands of the healthcare industry, with the choice of three leading all-flash storage platforms to choose from, including VMAX, XtremIO and Unity.

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