Delivering critical information to healthcare professionals and patients requires always on access to applications and data. The growing industry trend is the move towards public cloud infrastructure such as Microsoft Azure that provides security, availability, global reach and the ability to scale as needed.
Pulse Secure virtual Application Delivery Controller technology (vADC) accelerates services, increases capacity, and reduces costs by offloading performance-draining tasks such as SSL and compression onto Pulse optimized implementations. With vADC critical healthcare service, providers can improve application availability by intelligently distributing traffic, avoiding failed or degraded servers, monitoring performance problems, and shaping traffic spikes with a high availability active-active deployment.
Healthwise is a non-profit organization with a mission to help people make better health decisions. People have turned to Healthwise information more than 2 billion times to learn how to do more for themselves, ask for the care they need, and say “no” to the care they don’t need. Healthwise partners with hospitals, electronic medical record (EMR) providers, health plans, care management companies, and health websites to provide up-to-date, evidence-based information to the people they serve.
Healthwise started in 1975 with the Healthwise Handbook, a plain-language informational guide offering prevention tips on 190 common health problems; the guide is credited with dramatically reducing the number of visits to the emergency room by users of the Handbook.
Forty-three years later, Healthwise continues to create health education content; now information technology is a critical part of delivering on its mission. This includes the development and maintenance of around 50 custom applications which have been recently migrated to the Microsoft Azure cloud environment to leverage platformasaservice benefits that improve operational efficiency and drive down costs.
“We work with partners that rely on our information 24 hours a day, all across the world, and as such our IT systems need to be incredibly reliable and able to scale when needed,” explains Mark Studer, director IT Operations at Healthwise.
“We develop a lot of apps inhouse and moving to Microsoft Azure offered us many advantages in terms of security, reliability and an ability to rapidly deploy new infrastructure. However, we recognized that to gain additional automation and optimize our application delivery, we needed a more powerful Application Delivery Controller.”