Not-So-Hidden Costs of Legacy Systems
Refreshing PC technology may seem like a strange way to go about lowering TCO—but it actually makes a lot of sense. While the initial deployment adds costs to your health IT budget, a PC refresh lowers support and maintenance demands—not to mention adding productivity and security essential for HIPAA compliance. By looking beyond the short-term costs of new hardware, it's possible to see the long-term savings that more powerful, efficient technology offers.
The performance benefits of upgrading to the latest PCs are fairly obvious. But did you know that older PCs are at risk for security issues? Not only do security incidents increase as a PC gets older, but so do the costs to resolve them. Rising support costs are a telltale sign that your infrastructure is overdue for an upgrade. As your systems age, new application deployments, service packs, and patches drive support costs up with every year.
Powerful New Options
When looking at new PCs, you'll notice there are a lot more options to consider, like thin client computing vs. traditional desktops, sophisticated mobile technology—including mobile computing solutions developed specifically for healthcare environments—and the benefits of multi-core processing.
A system refresh presents the ideal opportunity to evaluate new notebooks and tablets for your mobile needs, with powerful technology to support the highest level of patient care. Features like extended battery life, energy efficiency, easy wireless connectivity, and other time savers are just a few of the gains you can expect in new offerings.
PC Refresh Advice
For hospitals and physicians' offices alike, it's a great time to discover what a PC refresh can do for you. Deploying cutting-edge, energy-efficient PCs can help cut costs, boost productivity, and simplify manageability so you can focus on healthcare and not system issues. A Windows Assessment can help your health IT staff plan for deployment and ensure a smooth transition to new technology.
Think Big. Go Thin.
Also evaluate the fit of thin clients. Thin clients are an excellent way to improve cost efficiency, security, and manageability, and offer hardware and software savings up front.
The long-term benefits of thin client computing include reduced support costs due to greater reliability, fewer components, and centralized management. There has never been a better time to evaluate the fit of Virtual Desktop, or VDI, for your systems.
Time to Let Go
While some of these options may be a good fit within your healthcare organization, no doubt you'll also require the capabilities PCs offer. The optimal time to refresh your PCs is every 3 years—that's when you'll see the maximum payoff.
To keep costs low, some organizations stagger their refreshes, rolling out machines at different intervals. While this tactic eliminates the lump sum of a full-out refresh, it draws out deployment, adding costs and creating compatibility and support issues. It's much more cost-effective, easier on your health IT staff, and better for your operations to roll out new PCs all at once.
We're Here to Help
Whether you're deploying notebooks, thin clients, or traditional desktops, turn to Connection for services to support your next rollout. We can help you optimize your infrastructure and determine the right solution for your healthcare organization.
Our custom configuration services include hardware and software configuration, asset tagging, imaging, and others. These services are performed at our Wilmington, Ohio location, before products are delivered. We also offer cost-effective installation services, ensuring your equipment is installed correctly the first time, every time. We support your ongoing needs for management with a full suite of factory authorized repair services and asset disposition solutions for the end of your IT equipment's lifecycle, from recycling and trade-in to environmentally friendly disposal.
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