You’ve heard of “Two Guys and a Truck,” “Two Ladies and a Truck,” “Two College Boys Who Move,” and the host of other variations on that theme, right? (These experts artfully pack a truck and drive your goods to a new location. They move the things that matter to you carefully and efficiently and save you money over traditional moving companies …)

Apply that concept to the recent Citrix Summit in Las Vegas and you get “Two Guys, Intel and a Handful of Virtualization Insights.”

The facilitator was Johanna Holopainen, Director, Strategic Alliances for Intel. The place was the MGM Grand, and Damien McKinney, Virtualization Architect at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center of Hartford, Connecticut, and Citrix Healthcare Evangelist, Christian Boucher,  the two guys. They talked about packing data centers with dense infrastructure, moving mobile apps and data with virtual technology and driving better business–and patient–value.

The conversation between the two guys produced eight soundbytes worth remembering.

Intel x86 technology and Citrix Solutions for Healthcare broaden your world of opportunities.

The Intel + Citrix partnership delivers connected mobility, the Internet of Things (IoT), virtualization-rich applications, networking capabilities, cloud solutions and dense data center infrastructure. What’s more, each company boasts Healthcare industry experts who can help you design agile IT solutions.

Business impact: Innovate more, deliver more and build a flexible, industry-friendly IT environment.

Choose wisely among Intel x86-based servers and you can deploy a dense physical infrastructure that supports extensive virtualization.

In the case of St. Francis Hospital, Damien and his team chose HP blade servers as the healthcare environment’s virtualization platform. Christian noted that dense virtualization-ready data center infrastructure also is available from Citrix, Dell, Lenovo, Nutanix, IBM and a host of other manufacturers.

Business impact: With well-designed virtualization solutions, you can decrease physical infrastructure costs and broaden the delivery of mobility capabilities.

Citrix XenApp, XenDesktop and Netscaler are the 1-2-3 keys to mobile electronic medical records (EMR) delivery.

Damien and his team provide numerous remote services to radiologists and remote cardiologists. The St. Francis Hospital System implemented a ratio of approximately 75% XenApp to 25% XenDesktop. Users access Epic (EMRs) and clinical tools via XenApp and Netscaler.

Business impact: Citrix Solutions for Healthcare provide a comprehensive suite of capabilities that deliver any device, any network, anywhere access to EMRs, non-EMR clinical tools and business applications. These solutions deliver flexible deployment and implementation options to suit the specific needs of the customers and the applications they wish to deploy.

Citrix Solutions for Healthcare support more than electronic medical records (EMR) delivery.

While the impetus for Intel x86 technology and Citrix Solutions for Healthcare often may be to serve as the foundation for Epic, Cerner, McKesson or other electronic medical record (EMR) applications, the reach of Citrix and Intel technology can go far beyond that use case. Christian noted that in the implementations in which he has been involved, adding other applications such as non-EMR clinical tools and business applications only resulted in the addition of a small footprint of additional users (and licenses). Citrix technology can enable the delivery of non-EMR clinical tools and business applications and facilitate feature sets such as disaster recovery, legacy equipment updates and merger and acquisition solutions.

Business impact: Capitalize on your already-implemented IT architecture to realize functional and financial economies-of-scale.

XenApp Automated Provisioning significantly decreases downtime.

Damien noted that Epic publishes updates every four to six weeks. Thanks to remote provisioning capabilities in XenApp, his team has significantly cut the downtime required to process these updates — to 12 minutes! Christian added to the conversation, emphasizing the fact that being able to patch and upgrade in a small window means little-to-no impact to end users. (He also noted that many Citrix Platinum customers do not even realize this good news: provisioning services are available in the purchase of the Platinum product!)

Business impact: Decreased downtime saves lives, cuts costs and increases patient and employee satisfaction ratings.

A dense highly-virtualized environment alleviates many maintenance concerns.

Every square foot of data center space has a corresponding monetary value. Read: data center space is expensive. Virtual technology significantly-reduces the amount of physical hardware and data center footprint required.

Business impact: More virtual machines (VMs) per physical server chassis translates into decreased heating, cooling, networking cabling and real estate costs.

Quite often, IT leaders don’t find out about mergers and acquisitions very far in advance of the general public.

This is why it is crucial to implement technology solutions that enable you to give instant access to new users or make changes on-the-fly.

Business impact: The automated provisioning capabilities in Citrix Solutions for Healthcare enable IT leaders to quickly change and update access to services. This saves time and money and increases user satisfaction.

In mergers and acquisitions (M&As), staging the implementation process can make consolidation easier.

The ultimate goal in an M&A healthcare environment is typically centralization of services. Three acquired hospitals may have different environments than the two existing ones in a combined hospital system, for example. Both panelists encouraged the audience members to advocate looking for common denominators and building to those. They also suggested staging the implementation process, perhaps delivering EMR access first, and non-EMR clinical tools and business applications three to six months later.

Business impact: Agile virtualization technology enables you to nimbly address ever-changing needs. This leads to cost-containment and higher user satisfaction ratings.

For more information …
Citrix Solutions for Healthcare, click here and here.
Intel Health and Life Sciences, click here.
Citrix Summit 2016 Las Vegas, click here.
St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, click here.

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