New Digital Infrastructure Announced for New Orleans-Based Hospital System

Louisiana is home to a statewide healthcare system serving its residents called LCMC Health. The company is the parent corporation of Children’s Hospital, Touro Infirmary, University Medical Center (UMC) New Orleans, New Orleans East Hospital, and West Jefferson Medical Center.

UMC is the state’s largest teaching hospital that was opened in 2015 after several years and a $1.1 billion price tag. Before the hospital officially opened, they had to deploy and test a state-of-the-art IT infrastructure in a tight, three-month timeline.

In an effort to make the new infrastructure as effective as possible, UMC partnered with electronic health records (EHR) company Sapphire Health, data management company NetApp, and CMA Technology to implement Epic electronic medical records (EMRs).

According to a NetApp release, 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. This partnership will eventually be used across the LCMC Health network.

“Sapphire Health’s understanding of our requirements, CMA Technology Solutions’ delivery of the core Epic infrastructure, and NetApp All Flash FAS enabled us to meet consolidation and integration requirements,” said Tanya Townsend, CIO of LCMC Health. “We quickly built out two new data centers capable of delivering critical patient data to thousands of clinical users.”