Market and regulatory changes such as the Affordable Care Act are fueling a historic period of consolidation in the healthcare market. Independent health systems are struggling to survive on their own due to reduced payouts, driving mergers, acquisitions and divestitures at a rapid pace. In fact, according to Thomson Reuters, healthcare M&A deals totaled US$672.9 billion during 2015, which was a 71% increase from 2014.
Any merger, acquisition or divestiture requires a consolidation of IT systems and underlying infrastructures such as Microsoft Active Directory and Exchange Server. No migration is as complex or as critical as an AD or Exchange consolidation. That’s because these two systems offer core services organizations cannot do without at any time. In particular, AD is at the center of the IT infrastructure, as it secures and controls access to mission-critical applications such as Epic or other Electronic Health Record (EHR) software.
Every AD and Exchange consolidation project requires a tremendous amount of planning to avoid the many challenges including:
Note: We discussed how to improve security, compliance and access management in a previous post.
The good news is that these efforts can be automated, resulting in systems that are simpler, cleaner, more secure and compliant, if your team takes the right approach.
We can help you find the right approach, using our consulting expertise and award-winning technologies. We'll help you improve security, ensure compliance and simplify AD and Exchange consolidation, with an integration process to carefully manage your project before, during and after the actual merger.