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Lakeridge Health Spotlight Slide Jan 2013
 

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  • Customer OverviewLakeridge Health is one of Ontario’s largest community hospitals, featuring a 550+ bed hospital and 15 remote facilities. The organization’s 4000 full- and part-time staff, as well as 1200 volunteers, serve a community of more than 700,000 people and treat more than 1600 patients daily.ChallengeWhen Lakeridge Health practitioners and IT staff began noticing slowdowns in its MEDITECH EHR application, the 550+ bed facility put a priority on upgrading the application’s platform. The hospital needed a solid foundation for MEDITECH, one that could enable the application to securely deliver immediate access to medical records under today’s demanding conditions, and scale up to handle projected growth (to 1M+ people in the next 20 years).MEDITECH is the most critical application that IT supports: it provides practitioners with the EHRs to deliver better patient care, and provides hospital administrators HR management and financial capabilities. The Lakeridge Health MEDITECH virtualization supports other medical centers, including the Rouge Valley Health System and key applications, such as pharmacy and laboratory capabilities for Ross Memorial Hospital. To meet its service-level agreements (SLAs) for all organizations, the Lakeridge IT team wanted a platform that was both certified for MEDITECH and could help ensure availability, even if one or more hardware components failed.SolutionAfter evaluating several data center solutions, Lakeridge Health chose to run its mission-critical MEDITECH application on the Cisco UCS 5108 chassis, with Cisco B200 M2 blade servers, Cisco UCS 6248UP 48-Port Fabric Interconnect, and Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches, with 10G uplinks from the upstream cores to a Cisco switching environment. This infrastructure hosts MEDITECH for Lakeridge Health, Rouge Valley Health System, and Ross Memorial Hospital.BenefitsEliminated slowdowns and cut benchmark reporting time from hours to minutesCut power and HVAC costs by virtualizing systemsReduced data center footprint for MEDITECH by more than two-thirds, freeing capacity for future expansion