I recently came across this article from last year about how the healthcare industry is increasing its reliance on data centers. The architecture and design publication emphasizes that as hospitals and the healthcare industry becomes more efficient, data centers and internet hubs are increasingly more crucial. Data centers are not simply used for insurance and personnel records anymore, but for the day-to-day operations of a global business. Whether it be implementing new software, supporting video teleconferences, transferring clinical records or for data security, addresses like 1102 GRAND are going to be more and more essential to the current and future needs of the industry.
From the article:“The goal for a data center is to maximize reliability and minimize dollars spent, all while maintaining future flexibility. To do this most efficiently, each system should be supported to its level of recommended reliability—but no more.” There’s also this graphic of the type of dual-active approach that Healthcare Design says is most effective for hospitals, stating that “this approach may provide more reliability to the end user at a smaller price tag. Using this concept, hospitals can also get some value out of old data centers, which can act as a second active backup site to support the most critical applications. This will allow a facility to operate if there is a major problem with the communications grid.”