Make the jump to Hyperdrive by soaring through the cloud

The term “hyperdrive” always evokes visions of Star Wars for me. Sleek starships and weathered freighters sailing through space faster than light. Possibly first coined by Isaac Asimov in 1947, the word evoked the excitement of instantaneous travel. With a hyperdrive, you could be anywhere you needed to be, anytime you had to be there, in the blink of an eye!

Well, as long as the starship you were flying could handle the jump.

It’s a complication played for laughs in Star Wars. Need to get from here to there right now to avoid a few bounty hunters? Chances are, your new state-of-the-art hyperdrive, loosely integrated with your vintage space cruiser, will perform either unexpectedly or not at all.

The only way to get your ship flying? Abandon your post and get banged up among the ship’s servers, trying desperately to fix the problem on your own – and not break anything else. You know. Expensive, time-consuming, custom code workarounds (“A lot of special modifications,” as Han Solo called them).

Sounds vaguely familiar, doesn’t it?

In a roundabout way, healthcare organizations might soon feel a little like some of those science fiction characters. As Epic begins transitioning customers to hyperspace via Hyperdrive, its new web-based browser platform, those same customers will have to re-evaluate how their EpicCare electronic medical record (EMR) and content services solutions work together. And whether they want to continue with their on-premises solution, trying to fix issues on their own or move to the cloud and let the experts lend a hand.

It’s time to get ship shape

Hyland Healthcare’s Epic customers have a leg up. Our longtime collaboration with Epic ensures our healthcare solutions provide a seamless integration with the EMR, empowering customers by securely capturing, managing, viewing and instantly sharing vital patient information to clinicians when and where they need it. That strategy won’t change with Hyperdrive.

Hyland customers will need to change over to OnBase Foundation, the newest version of our enterprise content services platform, eventually. That said, transitioning to Foundation now, rather than waiting, makes a whole lot of sense. Why wait to enjoy enhanced solution performance, greater viewer privacy and activity audits and peace of mind knowing when Hyperdrive arrives, you’re ready to connect? After all, OnBase is the only content services platform that delivers a direct integration with Epic Cloud.

Speaking of the cloud.

Shooting for the stars

When it’s time to transition to Epic Hyperspace via Hyperdrive and OnBase Foundation, it’s okay to retain your solutions on-premises, though that decision could require investment in added web servers, along with the IT staff to maintain them. Sort of like Han Solo leaving the pilot’s chair to sweat it out in the server farm under the smuggling hatch.

Instead, consider a move to a SaaS solution, like the Hyland Cloud. While it can seem a bit daunting at first to migrate data, there’s no better time to make the move than with your OnBase Foundation upgrade.

Many health systems are a little skittish about this proposal at first. After all, hosting digital data and critical software solutions on-premises puts the healthcare organization in control of clinical and patient information – it would seem.

But that control comes at a cost. Maintaining the physical integrity of a server cluster is complex and expensive, around-the-clock security is demanding and cyberattacks alone can cost the average company $200,000 or more per year.

Hosting that technology infrastructure in the cloud, however, allows a healthcare organization to quickly adopt new technology and implement solutions remotely. An organization that houses its information architecture in the cloud is ready to scale up at a moment’s notice.

Make the jump

In many ways, the industry is attuned to this already. A majority of healthcare organizations – 65 percent, according to a recent study by HIMSS Analytics – use the cloud or cloud services. It helps those systems answer the call to do more with less, since cloud solutions experts manage all the technology maintenance, giving health IT the time it needs to innovate and move the organization forward.

Plus, there are many other benefits that outweigh any concerns, like:

  • An integrated Hyland Cloud and Epic Cloud that delivers data to clinicians instantly
  • From upgrades and installs to servers and security, Hyland manages it all
  • Independent layers of security to continuously protect critical patient data and more
  • Access to critical solutions – and a support staff – from virtually anywhere at anytime
  • The flexibility, computing power and scalability to respond quickly to new demands

Moving to the cloud not only allows healthcare organizations to get a jump on Hyperdrive, it helps keep them competitive, agile and ready to serve patients.

Tom Tennant

Tom Tennant, a senior editor and creator on Hyland’s content marketing team, joined Hyland in 2010 as its first brand journalist. He was a news editor and reporter before diving... read more about: Tom Tennant

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