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GemStone in Health Care

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Consumer, payer, and provider demands for better information to guide decision making, compliance regulations like the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and complex medical data processing needs have renewed the importance of information management in the healthcare industry. IT systems, especially data infrastructures, in most healthcare organizations cannot scale to meet the data management needs of medical practitioners, who now require the ability to access complex and large data objects like MRI scans and other patient records over distributed networks. Furthermore, the popularity of consumer-defined health plans and increased online processing of claims and services are placing increased demands on IT Web infrastructures with a consequent need to scale and maintain a high quality of service.

The GemFire Enterprise Data Fabric and its constituent products provide a robust data management platform that can aid healthcare IT systems in streamlining information delivery to multiple consumers, enhancing online service offerings. GemFire’s caching and data distribution mechanisms can reduce repeated access to slow backend systems for accessing large, complex patient record objects and can manage data close to the point of use. Such an infrastructure also improves data exchange between the different members of a healthcare ecosystem like payers and providers.