In October 2014, iCareHealth – now known as Telstra Health – Aged, Disability & Community Care – was chosen along with a select group of businesses to partner with Microsoft as their Azure cloud service launched in Australia.
With Microsoft Azure, Telstra Health’s Clinical, Care and Medication Management solution can be utilised in a secure environment; without the costs and resources associated with internal hosting. This is increasingly important for the sustainability of the sector, as clinical governance and financial sustainability are key priorities for aged care providers nationally.
Cost effective solution
When an organisation decides to implement or update a software system, the running requirements often dictate the purchase of new infrastructure or an upgrade of their current servers. By utilising cloud based software the barriers to entry are greatly reduced, as the need for expensive server infrastructure is eliminated.
In selecting a cloud based software solution, aged care providers do not require the same level of hardware or human resources as there is no installation process, resulting in a significant reduction in cost and time. By selecting a cloud-based software, the advantages of the system are felt sooner, so that aged care providers can concentrate on providing care, not on lengthy installations.
Regular upgrades without the downtime
By creating software that is cloud based, Telstra Health is able to schedule small updates regularly with little or no impact on the user. These updates are done in the cloud, without the constraints of traditional deployment. With the ability to perform minor updates on a regular basis, cloud computing keeps software current; without the time and training associated with a full upgrade implementation.
Reduced cost of ownership
The costs associated with purchasing, managing and upgrading traditional servers and related hardware can go beyond what some aged care providers can realistically afford. By utilising cloud based software, aged care providers can eliminate the operating costs associated with large scale servers, such as expert staff and large energy consumption bills.
Unique Microsoft experience
The Microsoft Azure platform offers a wealth of cloud services, including data management, web applications, infrastructure services, development and virtual machine testing, storage, backup, and recovery services. Microsoft Azure is available in Australia from local data centre regions in New South Wales and Victoria, which ensures all data is stored securely in line with health data protection laws.
Secure data storage
Microsoft spends millions of dollars on cloud security each year, and employs a team dedicated to eliminating any potential threats. Small and medium aged care providers typically have minimal or outdated security practices around their data or hosting and patching of their servers – as a result, moving to the cloud is often a security upgrade.
Future proof your investment
Running a software solution in the cloud eliminates many of the running requirements that would otherwise dictate the purchase of new infrastructure or server upgrades in the future. Technology is changing rapidly, so this is a significant aspect to consider to avoid further costly infrastructure investment.
Interested to learn more about our Clinical, Care and Medication Management cloud-hosted software option? Contact us today.
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