As COVID-19 spreads across the globe, the need for innovative healthcare technology solutions is greater than ever. We see healthcare organizations every day who are rising to the occasion by creating new solutions, modifying existing applications, and then scaling them to meet the needs of the new market.
However, in the rush to meet these needs, organizations can struggle with the age-old challenge of developing and delivering solutions at scale without sacrificing agility, compliance, and security.
Kubernetes can help here. Kubernetes is an open-source orchestration platform built for containerized workloads. It provides an automated platform for deploying, maintaining, and managing containerized applications at scale. By handling all the heavy lifting involved with deploying complex applications at scale, Kubernetes allows healthcare IT to focus on their primary goal of building and delivering innovative solutions.
Whether your organization is developing a solution for COVID-19 or just ensuring your users remain healthy by providing reliable healthcare applications, Kubernetes can help you accomplish more with less effort.
Here’s why healthcare SaaS companies should adopt Kubernetes today:
As more COVID-19 patients are tested and admitted, an influx of health messages are flooding healthcare IT systems like never before. Handling this influx, and ensuring these systems stay online, requires a solution that can respond to dramatic increases in demand and scale your applications automatically at a moment’s notice.
Automated resource management and scaling is a core component of Kubernetes. Pre-configured clusters detect the demand and scale as needed without any manual intervention.
Simplify HIPAA Compliance
Kubernetes makes it easy to move, update, and deploy specified applications without having to modify the entire application stack. So you can be innovative without worrying about accidentally messing up compliance.
In addition, Kubernetes nodes provide continuous insights on your security posture, so you can quickly remediate any issues. Kubernetes also solves the problem of seamlessly transitioning applications from development environments to production environments without any issues.
Agility from Portability
The problem with the old way of using VMs is that they are simply non-portable. Previously, healthcare tech companies had to manage tangled configurations, libraries, executables, and life cycles on the same host OS. With Kubernetes, healthcare technologists can now give each application its own file system, isolated from the host, so entanglement is no longer a problem.
In fact, you no longer have to use the same file repository for cross referencing your applications. Since each application is isolated, you can more easily move, deploy and modify as needed, without worrying about interdependencies.
Reduced Time to Market
While the pandemic has upended some industries, many healthcare SaaS companies are experiencing higher demand than ever. Naturally, there’s a race to be the first to market with new features.
Kubernetes can help healthcare IT reduce time to market by allowing developers to quickly customize applications within containers. Instead of spending time worrying about how to validate and test applications in production-like environments, containers provide developers with a platform-independent environment that works across multiple deployments. This freedom means development teams can now focus on what is important, the application, and move faster than ever before.
The need for social distancing is pushing the industry to deliver healthcare via technology whenever possible. Undeniably this will lead to a greater focus on healthcare technology innovation and more complicated applications in the future.
Staying competitive will mean developing and deploying increasingly complex solutions. Kubernetes can help make this easier. Companies that adopt Kubernetes today will deliver more robust services and gain a competitive advantage in the future.
Getting Started With Kubernetes
Kubernetes can help you take your apps to the next level, but there is a steep learning curve that can make it difficult to get started. Cloudticity managed Kubernetes can help make it simple. Check out our on demand webinar, Kubernetes in Healthcare: Scale HIPAA Workloads Faster to learn more about the solution, or reach out for a free consultation and let’s get you started.