1. Independent Hospitals Need Efficient IT Infrastructure
Before implementing any new technologies, rural, independent and community hospitals should assess their existing IT assets to find areas where costs can be reduced or optimized. For example, the IT team can conduct telecom expense audits or electronic health record license audits to ensure they’re not overspending.
A technology partner such as CDW can help organizations identify opportunities to consolidate IT systems and applications. CDW offers a variety of assessments that can help independent hospitals identify opportunities to optimize their current environments, such as infrastructure, virtualization, threat protection, wireless and data center assessments, in addition to application rationalization. App rationalization involves identifying which applications should be kept, replaced, retired, consolidated or moved to the cloud.
Through these assessments and with the healthcare and IT expertise of CDW strategists, independent hospitals can prioritize their IT investments while reducing their overall risk. Rural, independent and community hospitals often operate on razor-thin margins, meaning they don’t have a lot of room for error. They can’t afford to make mistakes. CDW’s strategy team can help independent hospitals to allocate their IT investments appropriately.
A hybrid cloud strategy also can help independent hospitals create efficiencies within their budgets. Many organizations are still on-premises and haven’t begun their journey to the cloud. When looking for cost-saving opportunities, cloud-based solutions can help independent hospitals reduce costs by eliminating the need for expensive capital hardware purchases. A hybrid cloud strategy also reduces maintenance and upgrade costs associated with on-premises hardware.
In addition to IT infrastructure efficiencies, finding efficiencies through vendor consolidation can also help independent hospitals achieve cost containment. If a hospital leverages its spending with one provider, it is better able to negotiate volume discounts and rebates or participate in other enhanced customer programs.
If an independent hospital works with five or six different IT suppliers, there’s a cost associated with managing each of those relationships. In addition to cost inefficiencies, there are also soft costs to consider, such as the time spent coordinating with different vendors and potential interoperability challenges.