By: Mike Gero, Director of Product Management, Hosting and Cloud, Internap

As healthcare practitioners adopt new software and applications that strive to improve patient care and increase efficiencies throughout the healthcare value chain, the need for compliant, always-on infrastructure becomes critical.

Healthcare IT spending is projected to reach more than $34.5 billion in 2016, according to Technology Business Research Inc.’s SourceIT Healthcare Report. Accenture estimates the market for electronic health records (EHRs) in North America will reach $10.1 billion by the end of 2015. Rapid growth of the healthcare IT market is driven by federal incentives for EHR adoption, as well as regulations such as the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), which require strict security and access control of EHRs.

As a result of these trends, leading healthcare IT companies are relying on Internap to meet rigorous security requirements and ensure continuous availability. Internap’s colocation, managed hosting and private cloud services give healthcare companies the ability to meet these requirements by offering secure, highly available infrastructure to power always-on health IT applications. Two examples of such companies are Casenet®, LLC and Treato™.
Casenet, a leading provider of extensible care management solutions, is among the growing number of healthcare technology companies that benefit from Internap’s secure, highly available infrastructure. Casenet’s integrated care management platform, TruCare®, improves coordination, collaboration and communication across multidisciplinary care teams, thereby decreasing time to intervention, improving patient outcomes and reducing costs.

Managed hosting services in Internap’s Atlanta data center support Casenet clients that require hosting, whether self-managed or Casenet-managed. The Casenet TruCare system collects electronic protected health information (ePHI) from multiple sources, which must be securely maintained and controlled to be compliant with federal regulations. Internap’s private cloud environment segments Casenet clients via discreet network VLANs to ensure privacy and security of sensitive patient data.

Health IT company Treato uses big data analytics to provide real-time health data from today’s health consumer. By aggregating more than one million patient conversations per day from online forums, blogs and other health websites, Treato provides business intelligence for the health and life sciences industries. Treato analyzes hundreds of terabytes of data per day using a 200-terabyte Hadoop cluster in Internap’s Dallas data center, allowing the company to offer meaningful big data insights for healthcare clients. Internap’s colocation and route-optimized IP connectivity services offer a reliable, always-on infrastructure that ensures continuous availability and a positive experience for Treato users.

Organizations throughout the healthcare ecosystem are seeking ways to improve patient care and efficiencies while also ensuring that patient data is stored and secured in compliance with federal regulations. With Internap, healthcare IT innovators like Casenet and Treato are able to provide advanced technology solutions in a secure, compliant and highly available infrastructure environment, while enabling new levels of patient care.