By Chong Yu

Wait, what? Are we talking about the same containers everyone started using since 2013? Yes, but the health care industry is not everyone – we do things at our own pace.

What are Containers?

A container is like a virtual computer inside a computer. It provides an isolation of resources to whatever application is running inside the container. The application inside a container can act as the only thing inside the machine. They interact with other containers by exposing only the necessary resource in order to communicate.

The container’s architecture sounds like a virtual machine, but there is a big difference. Unlike virtual machines, containers leverage the host operating system to provide isolation features and does not require a guest operating system. Therefore, a container is much lighter than a virtual machine – meaning we can run many more virtual machines in the same computer.

What Took So Long?

The container feature is not new at all. The main feature has always been a part of the UNIX operating systems. And, Docker’s container software was introduced to Linux in 2013 and became an instant mainstream product.

However, Windows was not invited to the party until Windows 2016. Since the health care industry primarily runs on Windows, containers are about to launch a second wave revolution. This time, it’s in health care.

Building Innovative Solutions

The health care industry is known to be very careful with installing and updating applications. Once something is installed and working, things rarely change. A big advantage of using the container is that the application is self-contained with all its dependencies included. This make installations and updates as simple as downloading apps from an app store.

With a simple installation of all-in-one applications, health care providers will be more receptive with trying new applications since they will not mess up their carefully configured servers. This opens doors for health IT startups to create more innovative solutions such as data analytics, clinical decision support and alerts. And, with the rise of AI solutions, the possibilities are endless.

You Bring the Apps, We’ll Bring the Data

Every innovative health care solution has one common element, the data. At Sansoro Health, we are building our next generation applications with containers in mind. This allows your developers to focus on building awesome health care solutions rather than worrying about how to get the data. We are excited to fuel the next revolution in health care software as containers are finally coming to our industry.

 

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