Journey through Enterprise IT Services
In Journey through Enterprise IT Services, Nadhan, HP Distinguished Technologist, explores the IT Services industry, and discusses technology trends in simplified terms.

Enterprises have business continuity – why not life continuity for humans?

Recently, a close family member was hospitalized for a serious injury in an automobile accident. Doctors advised that they may have to put him on life support. It was an emotionally challenging moment where various what-if scenarios wreaked havoc in my mind akin to a tornado, a hurricane or a tsunami.

 

Now, imagine the hospital itself being subject to a similar natural disaster. Humans encountering such disasters valiantly fight to restore their basic faculties in the single environment where they are hosted -- their body. Hospitals, on the other hand, have a choice. If the data center where the hospital systems are maintained were to be struck by a disaster, there are alternative environments that hospitals can very quickly switch to ensuring that patients continue to survive and sustain their respective battles.

Annual Health Check for the Hospitals IT Environment

Recently, I identified a list of health-related metrics that hospitals need to monitor in order to ensure a healthy cloud environment, as well as a robust mobility environment in the post -- Healthy hospitals need a healthy cloud and robust mobility. I thought I had captured all the key metrics until I read a post by fellow blogger Tari Schrieder that introduces the concept of applying BMI (Body Mass Index) to Information Security. In today’s world where patient privacy and the confidentiality and integrity of patient information are vital compliance requirements, information security is also a defining aspect of the reliability of the hospital’s environment.

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