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What is the current state of adoption of cloud in healthcare? Adoption requires an understanding of what the cloud is across your entire organization. What is the clinicians role? Do they need to understand it? Do they feel the impact? What about patients? What benefits might they experience? Doug McMillian, former CISO and CTO and current Director of Healthcare at Sirius Healthcare joins Bill Russell to discuss. What does it look like to fail over EHR? How do you start the migration process? How can you obtain a clean inventory of what is in your environment? What do you need to be careful of in the application contracts? And how can you understand the integrations?

Sign up for our webinar: Owning Cloud in Your Organization - Understanding, Implementing and Designing Your Hybrid Cloud Strategy - February 24, 2022: 2:00pm ET / 11:00am PT

Cloud Security and Management. How are we viewing security in the cloud today? We now have the ability to do things bigger and faster. What does that mean for Disaster Recovery? Doug McMillian, former CISO and CTO and current Director of Healthcare at Sirius Healthcare joins Bill Russell to discuss security platform approach, Next Gen Firewall URL, content filters and Zero Trust. Plus the key aspects of Cloud Management Framework including automation, standardization of tool sets, cloud native features, load repositories and cost management.

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What are Cloud Foundations? Doug McMillian, former CISO and CTO and current Director of Healthcare at Sirius Healthcare joins Bill Russell to deep dive into some examples. Workforce alignment, Enterprise Architecture, IT Service Management and Governance. What are the core requirements, framework and principles an organization needs to enable them to take advantage of cloud service? Migration versus rebuild? Lift and shift versus rearchitecting? What about Application Dependency Mapping and security?

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How do you get started building your Cloud roadmap and strategy? What does it take to understand the core business drivers for your organization? Doug McMillian, former CISO and CTO and current Director of Healthcare at Sirius Healthcare joins Bill Russell to discuss the 4 elements of a good cloud roadmap and designing for agility. We need to move fast and we have to do it cost effectively. Knowing where healthcare is going is really hard. What skill sets and competencies do you need? How can you optimize and scale? What about workload management? Plus an explanation of SAS, PAS, IAS, Co-Location and Edge Use Cases.

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What is Cloud? Why does it matter to healthcare? What are the benefits of moving to Cloud? Doug McMillian, former CISO and CTO and current Director of Healthcare at Sirius Healthcare joins Bill Russell to discuss Public Cloud, On-Prem, Migration, Scalability and Agility, security, automation and the financial benefits.

Sign up for our webinar: Owning Cloud in Your Organization - Understanding, Implementing and Designing Your Hybrid Cloud Strategy - February 24, 2022: 2:00pm ET / 11:00am PT

Health system leaders can enable greater agility and scalability for their Epic EHR, while also maintaining its performance, by developing a cloud strategy tailored around the use of the hybrid cloud.

Doug McMillian

Doug McMillian, Director of Healthcare at Sirius Healthcare -  A CDW Company

Today’s Challenges

Epic EHR changes at a rapid pace due to necessary upgrades required to keep up with the rapid changes in healthcare. Many times, this causes organizations to refresh their on-premise hardware before the typical lifecycle timeframes. Additionally, digital health initiatives, and the state of healthcare cybersecurity, adds to the burden of IT and security departments as organizations require applications and infrastructure to scale quickly. Organizations also expect business continuity and disaster recovery to be seamless to all IT offerings. As such, organizations may overcome these challenges by utilizing strategies to employ a hybrid cloud offers.

Sirius' Hybrid Cloud Strategy and Roadmap

It is critical that IT departments understand the overall requirements, business drivers, IT strategies, and cybersecurity strategies of their organization. Therefore, they can develop a fully encompassing cloud and data center strategy that will accomplish the right objectives. This strategy has proven crucial to setting the vision for the department and becomes the focal point when developing a roadmap, planning projects, and evaluating new technologies.

As a result, many organizations find that the first projects utilizing this framework are often focused on quick wins financially to prove the concepts are successful (for example, Hybrid Disaster Recovery environments). From an Epic EHR perspective, this may include moving their presentation tier or web and service tier to Azure. In some cases, they choose to move the Cache/Iris tier as well.

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Understanding Hybrid Cloud Foundations with Sirius Healthcare

To be successful in cloud transformations, IT organizations must address the following foundational topics:

Learn how to enable greater agility and scalability for your Epic EHR with the use of hybrid cloud

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Security

As organizations’ data and users continue to move, so must its security program platforms. This ensures solutions can be run physical and virtual, as well as in private and public clouds. Picking the right security platforms allows security teams to operate efficiently in any environment, while allowing IT teams to take advantage of hybrid cloud-scale and agility.

Management

To optimize the management of your hybrid cloud environment, we recommend automating as much as possible. This includes standardizing toolsets, and utilizing cloud-native features where possible. Many organizations are moving to an infrastructure-as-code and DevOps approach to help minimize the risks of service misconfiguration. Additionally, this enables rapid deployment of environments.

Adoption

The best adoption rates occur when an organization and its IT department are excited about the new possibilities they can achieved. As workloads begin to shift, the best practices below will help you drive a successful adoption plan and avoid pitfalls:

Upcoming Webinar – Owning Cloud in your Organization

A hybrid public cloud strategy can deliver value, speed, and security. It can minimize challenges and maximize application and service delivery, while safely migrating, managing, and running applications. But these attractive opportunities beg the question: who owns cloud in your organization?

Join Sirius Healthcare and This Week In Health IT on February 24th for an informative webinar. Experts will explain how to navigate today’s healthcare challenges, gain support, and properly collaborate with solution providers. Get into the gritty of understanding, building, and deploying a successful hybrid cloud strategy in your organization. Join the conversation to learn how to make the entire process faster, more affordable, and less frustrating.

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