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Can Virtualization Save Your Life?

February 7, 2011 - 1 Comment

That was the question asked by Sean Kerner of in an article following Cisco’s healthcare IPTV show on January 27. The show featured IT experts from two healthcare providers – Moses Cone Health System and Virtua, plus our very own Kaveh Safavi, vice president of Cisco’s Healthcare Consulting Group. The group discussed information technology challenges in the healthcare industry and shared how Cisco data center technology has improved IT support for patient care and administrative efficiency. A full replay of the show can be viewed here.

IT experts from Moses Cone Health System, a nonprofit healthcare provider with five hospitals and a range of outpatient services in North Carolina, discussed why they selected the Cisco Unified Computing SystemTM to help the organization transition to electronic medical records (EMRs), a top priority for improving patient care. They also discussed the benefits of virtualization and how they have expanded their Cisco Unified Computing System to host critical applications such as their Surgical Operating Room System database and Nurse Scheduling application.


Virtua, a nonprofit healthcare provider based in New Jersey, explained how they had outgrown their previous data center, which was overloaded with new applications and increasingly large medical image files.  They also shared their plans to convert all clinical and patient information to digital format — a huge undertaking. They discussed how Cisco data center networking technology and Cisco Services helped them to connect the hospital network with two new data centers.  They can now support the digital clinical information, new applications and a new regional health information exchange, resulting in substantial cost savings and improved patient care.

So, can virtualization really save your life? For Moses Cone and Virtua, Cisco data center technology is certainly helping to make it easier.

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  1. I am a big proponent for virtualization, but I still don't see how critical data like medical information and proprietary business IP can ever truly be 100% guaranteed secure without the company housing the data center itself. I understand how even a data center security may be breached but it seems like a tough sell. Anything you are doing to help ensure this concern?