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Legacy systems are everywhere, including all over the healthcare space. They play integral roles in the day-to-day operations of hospitals and healthcare providers around the world, enabling staff to do their jobs efficiently and helping patients receive the best possible care.
The technology running behind the scenes in the healthcare industry is essential, but it comes with costs and risks. Aging hardware on these legacy systems presents risks of downtime and costly maintenance that can upset the healthcare ecosystem and impede high-quality patient care. Hospitals and healthcare providers can achieve business continuity by emulating their legacy hardware: safely and cost-effectively extending the life cycles of these mission-critical systems by keeping the legacy software but running it on a modern platform.
Companies still rely on mission-critical patient information applications running on their legacy systems. As time goes on, the maintenance costs for these systems go up and due to their age, reliability declines. Further, the hardware on which these systems run introduces risk to hospitals, not fitting within modern disaster recovery paradigms and putting the hospital in danger of losing private and essential patient records in the case of an outage or – more likely – downtime caused by hardware failure. Full migration is an expensive and risky proposition for these applications.
Did you know that, according to a study from IBM Global Technology Services, 83 percent of migrations experience problems? Further, a 2011 study by Bloor Research found that only 62 percent of data migration projects are completed on time and on budget. The redevelopment of these applications on modern hardware is expensive and data loss could be crippling.
Another option is hardware emulation: Replace aging hardware with a virtualized environment and move the software stack to increase performance, lower costs and reduce risks – quickly, safely and cost-effectively.
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