A multi-Cloud design for EMR

I am really pleased to be presenting at VMworld this year with a couple of colleagues – Mark Meulemans and Jeff Schroeder. We are presenting some high-level concepts for deployment patterns for building an electronic medical records (EMR) system in VMware Cloud. Be sure to check out session MCL1140.

While healthcare may be coming to cloud a bit later than some other industry segments, the number of conversations I have had with providers over the past 6 months has increased significantly – particularly around implementation and upkeep of the EMR. VDI / end user computing and disaster recovery seem to remain the most frequently asked-about use cases, but increasingly EMR is being included in those use cases… DR for the EMR, DR for the VDI environment, etc.. Furthermore, more and more customers are also beginning to see the value of cloud scale for dynamic provisioning of environments – whether for testing yearly upgrades, providing training environments, support environments for troubleshooting, and so on.

Furthermore, the more we work with the public cloud hyperscalers (AWS and Azure) the more it becomes clear that much of the EMR landscape can be deployed leveraging VMware Cloud infrastructure, cloud native infrastructure, or some combination of both.

The reference architecture diagram below is just a taste – we continue to flesh out reasonable, supportable design patterns with our cloud partners. The benefit to our customers, of course, is by and large they are already running much of their EMR system on VMware on premise – and therefore it is relatively straightforward to establish a supported deployment design on VMware Cloud.

Note that the diagram above is cloud agnostic – we are actively working with our EMR partners, as well as with AWS and Azure to establish vendor-supported reference architectures.

Be sure to check out session MCL1140 during VMworld this year for further discussion!

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