Tufts Medicine announced this week that it has succeeded in deploying its digital health ecosystem in the cloud, moving more than 40 diverse applications and its Epic electronic health record to an Amazon-hosted environment.
WHY IT MATTERS
Boston’s Tufts Medicine – known until recently as Wellforce -, promoted as the first healthcare system to carry out cloud migration of this size and scope, is not entirely complete: It plans to move up to 300 more applications during the project.
The goal of the $ 2 billion health care system is to save $ 2 million to $ 5 million a year and ultimately reduce the time spent on some clinical procedures from months to just hours.
With AWS, Tufts reportedly managed to move more than three million health accounts to Epic EHR in “record time.” Using on-premise servers would take up most of the year; in the cloud, this task was completed in 71 hours.
This digital health cloud ecosystem also strengthens the experience of providers and patients in other ways. Patients can interact with chat boots powered by Amazon Lex and Amazon Connect allows Tufts telehealth and virtual care programs.
Looking ahead, the leading IT system leader sees advances in interoperability and cyber security – and faster analytics through the use of edge computing.
“By launching the process of migrating more than 300 applications to AWS, we provide our patients with personalized connected care as well as a modern, data-driven clinical environment,” said Dr. Shafiq Rab, Chief Digital Officer and Chief Information Officer at Tufts Medicine. “This digital healthcare ecosystem will support a more efficient, equitable and penetrating healthcare industry and deliver high-value outcomes to patients.”
The Massachusetts Health System first announced this initiative in July 2021, stating that approximately 800 IT staff and physicians across the Tufts will be an integral part of the “system build, preparation, and coding.”
In an AWS blog post, executives said they hoped to run on the cloud platform by spring 2022 – “the largest organization to run the entire [its] An epic cloud infrastructure. “
Shortly after this announcement, as part of Healthcare IT News’ CIO Spotlight video series, Dr. Rab about the tactical challenges and strategic opportunities for such a monumental migration.
“This cloud architecture allows us to complete highly complex digital tasks quickly and smoothly,” said Jeremy Marut, head of digital modernization at Tufts Medicine. “We expect uninterrupted connectivity with our use of AWS and have an unrivaled view of our digital infrastructure, which allows us to keep operations secure and uninterrupted.”
“Care providers are using digital platforms to learn from patient data to provide a more personalized experience, and patients are increasingly interested in accessing telehealth services and other digital care options,” added Kim Majerus, vice president of education, government and local government. USA. at AWS. “Tufts Medicine is at the forefront of evaluating the new expectations of the healthcare community and building an environment for friction-free patient care.”
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