Fortify: Creating technical wealth
Stacking strategically includes investing in core digital technologies – social, mobile, analytics and cloud (SMAC) – which are the foundation of the post-digital healthcare organisation. Many healthcare organisations have yet to invest in a strong foundation on which to build a future-ready technology stack. They are bogged down by technical debt that accumulates as legacy solutions that were perhaps leading edge at the time become outdated and hinder the enterprise from realising its strategy.
Instead, healthcare organisations can build technical wealth by moving away from static, unadaptable legacy systems and developing a future-adaptive, reusable approach to technology. Building tech wealth requires redesigning the technical foundation with modular, flexible building blocks that allow the organisation to accommodate change in real time—not just cloud lift and shift. Building applications using microservices is one way to use composable elements that can be swapped in or out independently, scaled or repurposed over time.
The right cloud partner can bring the capabilities and talent to enable this digital transformation, but they all bring different attributes. Healthcare organisations can look for a partner that understands the industry nuances, but it is also important to think horizontally about the stack to solve for more than cloud. Those that excel at specific capabilities, such as data and analytics, can become leaders in delivering patient-centric services.
Extend: Adapting through technology
Healthcare enterprises need to reimagine the future of their services, operations, and more through the lens of what technology can make possible. The right stack can bring this future to life. During the pandemic, NVIDIA demonstrated the value of a holistic approach. The company launched Clara Guardian, a virtual patient assistant voice application that let hospitals rapidly respond to an unprecedented situation. With Clara Guardian, they could remotely monitor patients’ vital signs, enforce the wearing of PPE, direct employees and visitors away from high-risk areas, have contactless interactions with patients via voice-powered AI and more. Technology powered every layer of the stack: smart sensors, pre-trained data models, and edge AI chips and GPUs to support voice-powered assistance and dynamic wayfinding. These technologies helped hospitals reorient to everchanging needs and situations and will continue allowing them to do so after the pandemic.1
Having the right professional and technology strategies, backed by a valuable combination of technologies across the stack, can give healthcare organisations the agility they need to keep up, no matter how the world changes next.
Reinvent: A new generation of healthcare technology
Healthcare organisations that reimagine the possibilities of technology-powered products and services will soon find they are playing a more active role in the relationship between people and technology than they ever have before. The fusion of technology and human ingenuity can work wonders in healthcare, even enabling clothing to be a remote-sensoring device.
Technology capabilities create limitless possibilities for improving care for people. As healthcare organisations accelerate their innovation strategies, they need to learn from lessons of the past and be strategic about the technology choices they make today as they will define the future.