• Americas

      Count on quality and consistent customer services across more than 290 data centers in North and South America.

    • EMEA

      Harness cloud and carrier-neutral data center, colocation, and interconnection solutions across Europe and Africa.

    • Customer Stories

      • XTREME-D

        Find out how XTREME-D was able to meet its objectives and has positioned itself for further growth by partnering with Digital Realty and leveraging PlatformDIGITAL®.

        Keep Reading
      • Telefónica UK

        See how they leveraged PlatformDIGITAL™ Data Hub to localise data aggregation, staging, analytics, streaming and data management to optimise data exchange and maintain data compliance.

        Keep Reading
      • Criteo

        By partnering with a company like Digital Realty, Criteo has somebody who can work with them to ensure they move a long way towards their sustainability goals

        Keep Reading
      • Join Digital

        With increasing demand for a turnkey experience, Join™ helps their customers brings the built and digital worlds together with the essential Network-as-a-Service and IT-as-a-Service offerings for Smart Buildings and Smart Workplaces.

        Keep Reading
      • AIB

        AIB, Inc., a leading data exchange and management firm serving over 1600 automotive customers, sought to diversify their cloud portfolio to realize reduced latency, increased availability, and harden security posture.

        Keep Reading
    • Data Gravity Insights Hub

      Click to learn more

    • Investor Relations

      Digital Realty owns, acquires, develops and operates data centers. The company is focused on providing data center, colocation and interconnection solutions for domestic and international customers.

    • NYSE: DLR


      -0.94 (-0.60%)
      * Previous Day's Close
    • Investor Relations
    • Leadership
— Blog

The IT Side Effects of Healthcare Technology

March 22, 2017

Healthcare is a big umbrella of an industry, and beneath it you will find a complex community comprised of healthcare providers, payers, pharmaceutical companies and patients. Few industries have experienced the transformative powers of technology quite like the healthcare sector has in the last decade. The new “health IT” solutions disrupting the status quo have brought on a fundamental operational change.

Every member of a medical care team today is expected to collaborate and coordinate in the delivery of care to a patient (now seen as clients) and maintain and contribute to a digital record. And providers expect patient/clients to be fully engaged in their own care. The Big Data, AI and data analytics being used across other industries are now being used in healthcare to diagnose disease, identify treatment options and improve patient outcomes. IBM’s Watson brings predictive modeling and data driven analytics to oncology outcomes. With 3-D printing technology custom fitted hearing aids can be built today where they couldn’t have been imagined a few years back.

Healthy Data Center Strategies

And all of this points to an ever increasing demand for data center capacity because all of these new applications and technologies call for aggregating and storing data and processing information to make new healthcare solutions work. As these applications get more complex and begin using more storage and computing power, they create challenges for the IT infrastructure and data centers of healthcare providers. What data should remain “in house”? Should “life critical” data be in the cloud?

Listening to an Expert

To learn more about these healthcare technologies and the impact they’re having on the data centers of health systems, hospitals and doctors’ offices, we sat down for a conversation with Dan Ephraim, a data center expert at Digitlal Realty with deep knowledge of healthcare industry data challenges.

Here is what Dan had to say: