Operating Room.jpgTen years after Hurricane Katrina decimated two of Louisiana’s major teaching hospitals, the State of Louisiana and LCMC Health unveiled a new facility, University Medical Center (UMC) New Orleans, the largest teaching hospital in the state.


Because of a tight launch schedule, UMC had only three months to deploy and test a state-of-the-art IT infrastructure before the hospital opened. The technology team sought to give physicians, clinicians, and radiologists rapid access to patient information through Epic electronic medical records (EMRs) and GE Centricity PACS applications using virtual desktops accessed from shared thin-client terminals.


Understanding UMC’s requirements and LCMC’s desire to create an infrastructure that could be easily rolled out to other hospitals within its network, Sapphire Health teamed with NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) and CMA Technology to deliver an Epic solution that exceeded expectations. Partner CMA Technology simplified the delivery of the core Epic infrastructure, which included NetApp® storage, Cisco UCS servers, VMware virtualization, Commvault enterprise backup, F5 load balancers, and professional services.


UMC’s deployment was streamlined because of the ease with which the NetApp AFF8080 system running NetApp ONTAP® software was deployed. UMC now has the best of both worlds: the speed of solid-state drives combined with clustered storage controllers for high availability and nondisruptive operations. In addition to enabling superb virtual desktop performance, NetApp All Flash FAS (AFF) is improving I/O for critical applications such as GE Centricity PACS and Varian oncology software, sustaining submillisecond storage latency for more than 300 virtual machines.


With its new solution, UMC:

  • Recomposed the entire pool of approximately 1,500 virtual desktops supporting Epic EMRs in just a few hours, a task that would have taken days to complete on spinning drives
  • Reduced response time exceptions within Epic by approximately 80%*
  • Enabled caregivers to make faster, more confident decisions based on real-time data
  • Can scale desktops easily, even during peak times, without compromising performance
  • Consolidated multiple applications and offers new services to users
  • Decreased average CPU usage from 41% to 17%*


*Statistics from June 2016, when UMC migrated Epic out of Shreveport, Louisiana.


More information:

  • Read “Key Considerations of Hospitals Looking to Rebuild or Improve Their Infrastructure” by Tanya L. Townsend, senior vice president and chief information officer of LCMC Health.
  • Read “How Industry Trends Are Shaping Hospital Infrastructure Requirements” by Austin Park, principal consultant, SAPPHIRE HEALTH.

NetApp Staff