Virtualization

Virtual Success in the Healthcare Provider Market

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Executive Summary

This white paper is presented by IDC Health Insights and sponsored by NetApp. The objectives were to gain insights into:

  • The decision-making process for investment in desktop virtualization by hospitals
  • The benefits, both quantitative and qualitative, experienced by a provider organization that invested in NetApp's storage solutions for desktop virtualization
  • The importance of desktop virtualization in unleashing the value of EMR
To meet these objectives, IDC Health Insights conducted an in-depth interview with Wright Medical Center (WMC) in Clarion, Iowa. WMC was selected by NetApp as an adopter of client virtualization technology. WMC is a 25-bed critical access hospital that offers full clinic services to its community, with additional specialties in orthopedic surgery, radiology, and obstetrics. WMC is an early adopter of clinical as well as infrastructure technology, including client virtualization, and has leveraged its IT environment to enable its mobile providers to collaborate and use clinical technologies at the hospital as well as in their community practices and at a neighboring hospital. The key findings from IDC Health Insights' primary research with this organization are summarized in this white paper.

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