Transforming Healthcare IT with Converged Solutions

Information technology is revolutionizing the medical and healthcare sectors. Whether it’s something simple such as booking an online hospital appointment or complex, such as mapping the human genome, stem cell research or trailblazing developments in bionic limbs, we only have to scratch the surface to discover the crucial part played by technology in making these advancements happen.

For healthcare organizations to continue this advancement and focus on what is important to them, e.g. carrying out revolutionary medical research or providing the best possible patient care while adhering to a stringent set of regulations and medical standards, they need a robust IT infrastructure. Their IT teams need to implement innovative IT initiatives that support and advance their organizations and clinical transformation demands rather than simply ‘keep the lights on.’

At Dell EMC, we understand the needs and challenges facing healthcare providers. That’s why our Converged Platforms and Solutions Division has a comprehensive ‘build’ (which includes reference architectures, bundles, validated systems) to ‘buy’ (engineered systems such as Blocks and Racks) portfolio that can help our customers transform their journey to the cloud regardless of where they are on that continuum.

A recent IDC study found that it is a common experience for our Dell EMC healthcare customers to employ converged infrastructure to transform their businesses, improving agility, efficiency, simplicity and control. Therefore, it is no surprise that the Converged Platforms and Solutions Division has worked with the healthcare sector businesses and organizations on nearly $1B in converged and hyper-converged sales since its inception and over $700M over the last two years.

Here are some recent success stories that showcase how customers have realized benefits from Dell EMC’s converged solutions:

ProMedica is a locally owned, nonprofit health system providing quality healthcare services to people living and working in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. Rapid growth had created numerous IT issues around availability, performance, management, and support. With the help of Dell EMC converged solutions, ProMedica has been able to realize significant benefits: unplanned downtime has been eliminated and 12 data centers have been reduced to four, resulting in cost and time savings.  And further growth will be trouble free as virtual machines can be provisioned in minutes and upgrades are seamlessly applied.

ProMedica is a fantastic success story where IT is delivering real business value. Click here for more details. Watch this video to find out how forming a converged infrastructure team delivered immediate benefits to the healthcare provider and view this video to understand how converged infrastructure led to improved patient care and supported rapid growth of the health system.

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is a nationally recognized, fully integrated academic medical center and health system. The customer needed to replace aging IT infrastructure with next-generation technologies and avoid project delays due to infrastructure and space constraints. Using Dell EMC converged infrastructure, Wake Forest migrated to a stable, converged IT environment that ensures a fast time to value, is easy and less costly to support and maintain, is highly secure, and lets Wake Forest focus on strategic priorities around enhancing patient care and advancing medical research. To find out more details, read the full case study here and watch the video here.

HealthEast Care System is the largest, locally owned healthcare organization in the East Metro area of Minneapolis-St. Paul. The IT team was facing a dire situation in its data center. Space, power, and cooling were at 89% of capacity. The team’s intentionally thin staff was having difficulty meeting requests for new servers, reallocating storage, or providing other support for new services or improved care. By deploying Dell EMC Converged Infrastructure, HealthEast Care System was able to respond to new server requests in hours. It also secured a five-year projected TCO of 30% less than before for its data center and first-year operations costs were 50% lower than before. Read more here.

Gordon Memorial Hospital, a small, 25-bed facility located in Gordon, Nebraska, needed to replace a badly aging infrastructure, enhance IT staff efficiency, and lower IT costs. With the help of Dell EMC’s converged infrastructure, Gordon Memorial Hospital was able to dramatically reduce costs to install, operate and refresh IT infrastructure to produce substantial savings over a 10 year time horizon. Read the full case study here.

An outstanding example of a healthcare customer who identified the importance of hyper-converged infrastructure early is Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A, a leading provider of diagnostic imaging products and medical informatics solutions. A pioneer in technology awareness and deployment in medical imagery, Fujifilm Medical Systems wanted to help its customers modernize their IT infrastructure in order to deliver the best possible patient care. It will use the Dell EMC VxRail Appliance to deliver its imaging solutions, such as MRIs, CAT scans, digital x-rays, ECGs, echograms and ultrasounds. To find out more about how Fujifilm Medical Systems improved patient care while positively impacting their bottom line, watch this video.


Dell EMC is uniquely positioned to help healthcare and life science customers advance healthcare within a digitally enabled future. We are at HIMSS17 Annual Conference & Exhibition, in Orlando, Florida, February 20 -22, booth #3161. If you are attending the event, be sure to drop by and find out how we can help you transform your IT.

We are also hosting a VUG HIMSS Executive Meeting on Monday, February 20. If you are interested in attending, please join by registering here.

About the Author: Trey Layton

Trey started his career in the US Military stationed at United States Central Command, MacDill AFB, FL. Trey served as an intelligence analyst focused on the Middle East and conducted support of missions in the first days of the war on terror. Following the military Trey joined Cisco where he served as an engineer for Data Center, IP Telephony and Security Technologies. Trey later joined the partner ecosystem where he modernized the practices of several national and regional partner organizations, helping them transform offerings to emerging technologies. Trey joined NetApp in 2004 where he contributed to the creation of best practices for Ethernet Storage and VMware integration. Trey contributed to the development of the architecture which became the basis for FlexPod. In 2010 Trey joined VCE, where he was promoted by Chairman & CEO, VCE, Michael Capellas to Chief Technology Officer, VCE. As CTO Trey was responsible for the product and technology strategy for Vblock, VxBlock, VxRack, Vscale and VxRail. During his tenure, VCE was recognized as one of the fastest technology companies to reach $1 Billion in revenues and one of the most successful joint ventures in IT history. The origional VCE products Trey has led strategy on continue to be leaders in their respective share categories around the world. In 2016 Trey was asked to lead from concept the development of an all Dell Technologies converged product. From that initial concept Trey led a global team of engineers to deliver Dell EMC PowerOne, the industry’s first autonomous infrastructure solution, embedding open source technologies which enable automated infrastructure integration based on declarative outcomes.