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Faster access to critical data and better application performance can be a matter of life and death


In fact, 46% of healthcare IT leaders who responded said that the latency – or the time between an action and an application’s response – should be 5 milliseconds for their organization’s edge computing initiatives. When seconds can be the difference between life and death, downtime between systems or slow application performance is not an option.

“Healthcare workloads involve large sets of structured and unstructured data that must be accessed as close to real time as possible, often because critical clinical decision making cannot take place without it,” said declared Lynne A. Dunbrac, Group Vice President, IDC Health Insights, IDC Government Insights. “Edge Computing provides the speed of data delivery and the speed of analysis for decision making that healthcare providers want and need.

The significance of this investment, and the change it can bring to the lives of patients, becomes clear when one considers some of the potentially life-saving benefits for emergency medical services that rely on immediate access to critical data that can be activated by Edge Computing:

  • Emergency department teams can receive instructions on patients en route to hospital, including vital signs, diagnoses, echocardiograms, patient history, or video. With critical diagnostic time saved, the emergency department team can better prepare for the patient’s arrival and immediate treatment.
  • Emergency vehicles can be optimally routed to avoid traffic delays, thereby reducing response times.
  • In an incident with a large number of victims, the victims can be sorted into the appropriate care setting at multiple hospitals to avoid overwhelming a local health system.

Find out how healthcare organizations can improve the patient experience by processing data at the edge:

Telemedicine and virtual tours, clinical and business collaboration, remote health monitoring, and smart medical campuses can also be enhanced with Edge Computing. Edge Computing can enable hospitals and healthcare systems to create and deliver innovative solutions by enabling large amounts of locally created data to be processed closer to where it is captured. Reducing the distance that information must travel to be analyzed and processed can significantly reduce latency. As critical entities, hospitals and healthcare organizations need secure, immediate, 24/7 access to health information to enable effective clinical decision making.

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